Los Angeles firefighters recovered two human bodies at a residential fire in Lake Balboa on Wednesday, the first potential fire fatalities of the year, officials said.
Crews responded to the blaze before 10:30 a.m. in the 22500 block of West Vanowen Street, said Margaret Stewart, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman. The fire occurred inside a detached garage that had been converted into a residence, she said.
The cause for the fire was under investigation. There was no description of the victims immediately available.
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