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One man killed, another injured in Van Nuys fire

One man was killed and another injured after fire engulfed a converted garage in Van Nuys early Sunday, authorities said.

A neighbor reported the fire in the 14000 block of Victory Boulevard about 4:35 a.m., according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was in a garage that had been converted into an apartment behind a one-story home.

A man living in the home attempted to rescue the occupant of the apartment but was forced to abandon the effort because of the fast-growing fire, authorities said.

After arriving on the scene, firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and found the body of the unidentified victim inside the structure, authorities said.

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His would-be rescuer, who was not identified, was transported to a hospital, where he was treated for smoke exposure and minor burns to his arms, officials said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

carlos.lozano@latimes.com

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