Man found dead in house fire in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A man was found dead by firefighters battling a raging house fire in Long Beach.

The fire was reported shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday at a single-family home in the 3000 block of Fashion Avenue.

Firefighters knocked down the flames in less than 10 minutes and found the victim's body in a bedroom.

The man is believed to be in his 40s. His identity was not immediately known.

Some nearby residents said at first, they didn't know what was happening.

"All of a sudden, some people started banging on the door and the windows and my wife got scared because she thought somebody was trying to break in," said David Hayes.

Hayes and his wife made it out of their home OK. They said the man who died owned the home.

The cause of the fire and the cause of the man's death were under investigation.
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