Crenshaw District Apartment Fire Kills Elderly Woman - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Crenshaw District Apartment Fire Kills Elderly Woman

Posted: Updated:

A woman was found dead in a fire-damaged apartment in the Crenshaw district today, and the cause of the fire "appears to be suspicious," the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.
The elderly woman was found in the residence around 2:05 a.m., said department spokesman Erik Scott.

Scott said 41 firefighters went to the site in response to reports of smoke coming from a ground floor apartment at the 33-unit two-story building, La Ronda Cooperative in the 3900 block of Ursula Avenue.

The fire was knocked down in 13 minutes, Scott said, and the woman's body was discovered during a subsequent search and rescue sweep of the apartment. Her name was not immediately available.

"The cause of the early morning blaze remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section, and appears to be suspicious in nature," Scott said.
Kenneth Arterberry, a neighbor of the victim, tells Fox 11 she was a smoker that was struggling with cognitive issues.

A videographer at the scene said firefighters had been initially told there may be someone trapped in the apartment.

Damage was estimated at $12,000 to the structure and contents, the LAFD reported.

  • Los Angeles & SoCal NewsLos Angeles & SoCal NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox

    Rescuing Animals is More Than Philanthropy for The Simpson's Sam Simon

    Rescuing Animals is More Than Philanthropy for The Simpson's Sam Simon

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:57 AM EDT2014-07-22 05:57:16 GMT
    Perhaps you retweeted the hashtag #FreeSunder. Millions did and after a couple of years of advances and setbacks in India, the shackled and abused temple elephant named Sunder was finally freed last month.
    Perhaps you retweeted the hashtag #FreeSunder. Millions did and after a couple of years of advances and setbacks in India, the shackled and abused temple elephant named Sunder was finally freed last month.
  • Clippers' Future On The Line As Sterling Probate Trial Resumes

    Clippers' Future On The Line As Sterling Probate Trial Resumes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-07-22 04:09:04 GMT
    The future of the Los Angeles Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust.
    The future of the Los Angeles Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust.
  • Deal or No Big Deal Monday July 21

    Deal or No Big Deal Monday July 21

    Deal or No Big Deal Monday July 21

    Topics today include NSA Employees Share Racy Photos; Reservist Loses Job Over Bicycle Rant; $23.6 Billion Judgement Against R.J. Reynolds in Deal or No Big Deal Monday July 21
    Topics today include NSA Employees Share Racy Photos; Reservist Loses Job Over Bicycle Rant; $23.6 Billion Judgement Against R.J. Reynolds in Deal or No Big Deal Monday July 21

Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices