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Man's body found in charred Winnetka garage

After several fatal house fires in the past few weeks, the LA Fire Department issued safety reminders to the public.
January 20, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Firefighters discovered a 61-year-old man's body inside a burning detached garage in Winnetka early Monday morning.

The blaze broke out at approximately 4 a.m. in the 7000 block of Sunnybrae Avenue.

More than 30 firefighters worked to knock down the fire in about 17 minutes. The fire was extinguished before it could spread to the house, where authorities say an elderly couple was fast asleep.

Firefighters found the man's body while searching the charred garage. The man's identity was not immediately known.

Fire officials say the garage did not have a functioning smoke alarm or fire sprinklers. Authorities are investigating whether the garage was used as a residential space.

Arson investigators were called to the scene to try and determine the cause of the fire. Authorities estimated the monetary damage from the blaze to be approximately $30,000.