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1 dead, 1 injured after fire rips through Norwalk home

About 25 firefighters responded to the fire inside a two-story home at 10802 Van Ruiten St. at 3:07 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Firefighters extinguished the flames by 4:13 a.m. and continued to monitor hot spots in th

One person was killed and another injured after firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed a Norwalk home early Friday morning, authorities said. 

About 25 firefighters responded to the fire inside a two-story home at 10802 Van Ruiten St. at 3:07 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Firefighters extinguished the flames by 4:13 a.m. and continued to monitor hot spots in the home for any flare-ups, Inspector Randall Wright said.

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Smoke and fire filled the house after medical oxygen cylinders exploded, Wright said, and the flames caused the roof to collapse. 

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One person was transported to an area hospital, he said. The other was “unaccounted for” for a period of hours because structural damage prevented firefighters from entering the building. Officials eventually recovered the body.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

sarah.parvini@latimes.com

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