One Person Dies in Los Angeles Apartment Fire

A woman was found dead Tuesday night inside her burned out apartment unit, officials said.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A woman was found dead Tuesday night inside her burned out apartment unit, officials said.

The body of the unidentified woman was found near the kitchen of her second-floor unit located in a four-level apartment complex in the Westlake area of the city, said fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

The fire was reported shortly after 8:30 p.m. and about 30 firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 17 minutes, Humphrey said. Damage was confined to the apartment unit where the blaze started and the residents of the other 51 units were allowed to return to their homes, Humphrey said.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation. The smoke alarm closest to the woman's body appeared to have been pulled from the wall, Humphrey said.

The blaze caused an estimated $35,000 in damages.