A 46-year-old man died Monday morning when he tried to save two dogs from a burning recreational vehicle in Rancho Park, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
An RV that was parked in an alley at 2734 S. Westwood Blvd. was reported to be ablaze at 11:16 a.m., said Margaret Stewart, a fire department spokeswoman.
The victim, who was not identified, lived in the RV with his wife and their two dogs, Stewart said. The couple were not inside the RV when the fire occurred, but their dogs were.
The man entered the RV in an attempt to rescue the animals, but did not make it out alive, Stewart said.
“This serves as a stark reminder to GET OUT AND STAY OUT of a fire,” Stewart wrote in a prepared release. “Never re-enter a fire because you may very well not make it out.”
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
Stewart said nothing else caught fire and that the blaze in the RV was extinguished quickly.
1:35 p.m.: This article was updated with new details about the victim and his dogs.
This article was originally published at 12:15 p.m.