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Man dies from burns received in possible arson fire, LAPD says

January 23, 2013 |  5:39 pm

Possible arson fire in San Pedro.
A 69-year-old man has died from severe burns that he received when a possible arson fire tore through a San Pedro motel, police said Wednesday evening.

The blaze raced through the two-story building early Tuesday, forcing one woman to jump from the second story. She received an extremity fracture, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

As flames and smoke engulfed the motel in the 1000 block of Palos Verdes Street, other occupants were ready to jump. But they were rescued by firefighters who had hoisted ladders.

The name of the man who died was not released because relatives had not been notified, the LAPD said.

The cause was being investigated by the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division  and the Los Angeles Fire Department's Arson Section.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Louis Zorilla or Det. Maria Perez at (213) 486-6890. Anonymous tips can be left at (800) 222-8477.

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Photo: Firefighters treat injured vicitms at motel fire. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5.

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