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

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

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.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.