HOLLYWOOD—At around 7:11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 84 firefighters were dispatched to a strip-mall fire in Hollywood, which left a woman in “grave” condition.
The fire erupted at 4854 Santa Monica Boulevard and “profoundly damaged” a clothing store and a psychic business. The blaze was knocked down in around 40 minutes, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The victim is described as a 40-year-old woman and she was reportedly found unconscious, with no pulse. She appeared to have been living in what was described as a makeshift bedroom inside the apparel shop she was pulled from.
Aerial video shows the unconscious woman lying in a stretcher being transported from the store into an ambulance. Smoke is seen gushing from a hole in the roof created by the firefighters to exhaust the heat and gas from the building.
A pet dog was discovered dead in aftermath of fire, according to an LACFD Tweet.
Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the incident and whether the woman did indeed live in the clothing store, which is illegal in Los Angeles. The name of the victim has not yet been disclosed to the public.