A man was found dead Monday, Jan. 30, inside a recreational vehicle destroyed by an early morning fire in the City of San Fernando.
Firefighters sent to the 600 block of North Hagar Street at 4:58 a.m. extinguished the flames in 25 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“LAFD Firefighters arrived quickly to find a recreational vehicle parked in the rear yard of a single-family home well involved with fire, the intense flames threatening an adjacent garage converted to living quarters, and a [14-foot by 15-foot] tool shed,” an LAFD statement said.
“Three persons in the converted garage were able to escape unharmed,” the LAFD said. “Firefighters also prevented flames from damaging the primary occupied home on the property. In fully extinguishing the burning RV … firefighters discovered the remains of an adult male within the vehicle.”
San Fernando Police Department (SFPD) spokesperson Lt. Irwin Rosenberg said the deceased individual was a male Hispanic in his 50s who was related to the residents of the house. A neighbor who asked not to be identified said he knew the man for 20 years and described him as a “nice guy.”
“The cause of the fire and of the man’s death is still under investigation, but no evidence has been found pointing to arson or foul play,” said Rosenberg who described the RV as a “total loss” due to the fire.
During the initial investigation, numerous code violations were found on the property.
Rosenberg said SFPD has reached out to the LA Mayor’s office for assistance on behalf of the deceased man’s family members.