Woman, 84, injured in North Hollywood 'pack rat' fire
An 84-year-old woman was cooking breakfast on the stove when a newspaper caught fire, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The woman thought she had extinguished the flames when she headed out to her back porch, he said. She later noticed her kitchen was on fire, and when she opened the door, the heat was so intense, it pushed her back.
Firefighters arrived at the house in the 12400 block of Burton Street at 7:44 a.m. to find the one-story structure engulfed in flames.
The 1,200-square-foot, one-story home was "filled floor-to-ceiling with combustible items -- excess personal items that would be classified as a pack rat situation," he said.
The fire was ruled an accident, he said. The home, which was built in 1952, was heavily damaged.
-- Angel Jennings
Photo: A fire rages at a North Hollywood house. Credit: KTLA-TV