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Man's body found after Glassell Park house fire extinguished

July 24, 2012 |  8:41 am

The body of a 33-year-old man was found early Tuesday morning after a fire at a Glassell Park home, Los Angeles city fire officials said.

A structure fire in the 3800 block of East Aguilar Street was reported about 1 a.m. at a hillside residence. The man -- who has yet to be identified -- was found in the bathtub in a detached residence in the rear, officials said.

Flames at the back of the building quickly spread to a nearby carport and shed. A neighbor's house was also damaged in the fire.

Firefighters extinguished the flames in about 20 minutes, officials said.

The woman who lives in the front house told KTLA-TV that she sublet the back house to the now-deceased man for the past three years.

The victim was planning to move to Chico to start a business with a friend, she told the news station.

No bars, security doors or other obvious factors that would have impeded the victim from escaping were found at the scene, said Matt Spence, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The residence was not equipped with fire sprinklers.

LAFD arson investigators and the Los Angeles Police Department are conducting the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

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-- Melissa Leu

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