Man in his 90s living in pack-rat conditions found dead after fire at Los Angeles home



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LOS ANGELES — A fire at a Los Angeles home has killed a man in his 90s who was described as living in pack-rat conditions.

Fire officials say the blaze shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday sent flames through the roof and a plume of black smoke over the house near Exposition Park.

About 50 firefighters doused the flames in about a half-hour but one received a leg burn. City News Service says the firefighter is in fair condition.

Authorities say the man's body was found in the front room. He's the 16th person to die in a house fire in the city this year.

Fire officials also say the home didn't have any smoke alarms.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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