Man dead after fire burns South LA building with cannabis operation inside

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
Man dead in South LA building fire; cannabis operation found inside
After extinguishing the flames in South L.A., firefighters found the remains of an adult man and a cannabis operation in the structure.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A man is dead after a large fire broke out inside a building in South Los Angeles, where another discovery was made early Saturday morning.

The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. at the one-story building on E Manchester Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

After extinguishing the flames that engulfed the structure, firefighters searched through the smoldering debris and found the remains of an adult man. No other people were found.

They also discovered that the "seemingly abandoned building" had a cannabis operation inside, which officials said could've been very dangerous.

"They discovered this cannabis operation, which could've been potentially life-threatening for our firefighters due to the sheer number of cylinders and hazardous materials that are inside," said LAFD Capt. Adam VanGerpen.

"This was a very dangerous situation and it could've been much worse," he said while stressing the fact that the roof collapsed during the firefight.

VanGerpen said the victim's wife warned responding crews that there had been an explosion and believed her husband was still inside. Additional details were not available.

No firefighters were injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.