ENCINO APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE: ELDERLY MOTHER, SON KILLED
Friday, August 29, 2014
ENCINO, LOS ANGELES (KABC) --
Two people were killed in a fire at a three-story apartment building in Encino Thursday night.
The blaze broke out on a third-floor unit in the 5300 block of Lindley Avenue around 9 p.m. It took more than 100 firefighters to fully extinguish the flames in about one hour. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Fire officials say a 98-year-old mother was found dead in her bed, and her 74-year-old son was found dead outside on the balcony. Seven other people were injured, including a firefighter who suffered a hand injury.
Firefighters say the home had smoke alarms, but they did not appear to be working properly. Officials say this is becoming a more common problem and they plan to distribute free smoke alarms and fire safety information to residents in the neighborhood Friday morning.
There have been 20 fatalities related to a structure fire in Los Angeles this year, according to the LAFD.