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Authorities probe 'pack-rat' fire that left 82-year-old man dead

December 21, 2011 |  8:09 pm

Packrat house fire in Walnut Park

Authorities said Wednesday evening that an 82-year-old man died during a fire that broke out at a  "pack-rat-like" home in Walnut Park.

The man was pronounced dead at the home in the 2500 block of Cole Place after the blaze broke out Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The man's name was not released.

Sheriff's investigators said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, but added that a probe was ongoing. 

The victim lived in an add-on room adjacent to the rear of the home, which was described as a "pat-rack-like" dwelling by the the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

 Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call sheriff's investigators at (323) 890-5500. 


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Photo: Emergency workers remove a man's body from a Walnut Park home after a fire.

Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5