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90-year-old suffers smoke inhalation during Brentwood house fire

A Brentwood home burned Monday in a fire that scorched some nearby brush and threatened a neighboring house, fire officials said.

Crews were called to the fire about 11:40 a.m. in the 1200 block of Chickory Lane, according to Shawn Lenske, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Preliminary information indicated two homes burned, but Lenske said a second house on nearby Canna Road was only exposed to the flames.

Some brush also caught fire near the house, Lenske said, but crews were able to douse the flames early in the firefight. It took 95 firefighters a little more than an hour to knock down the house fire.

A 90-year-old man was evaluated for minor smoke inhalation, Lenske said. No other injuries were immediately reported.

Television footage showed thick smoke billowing from the house—which sits in the hills of Brentwood just west of the Getty Center—as firefighters climbed on the roof and helicopters hovered overhead.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation, Lenske said.

Despite cooler temperatures across the region Monday, gusty winds and low humidity prompted forecasters to issue a red-flag warning for parts of Los Angeles County. The fire warnings included the Santa Monica Mountains near Brentwood.

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 L.A. firefighters look at one of two Brentwood homes damaged in a blaze.

Photo: L.A. firefighters look at one of two Brentwood homes damaged in a blaze. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

 
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