Crenshaw District Apartment Fire Kills Elderly Woman

Crenshaw District Apartment Fire Kills Elderly Woman

Posted: Updated:

A woman was found dead in a fire-damaged apartment in the Crenshaw district today, and the cause of the fire "appears to be suspicious," the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.
The elderly woman was found in the residence around 2:05 a.m., said department spokesman Erik Scott.

Scott said 41 firefighters went to the site in response to reports of smoke coming from a ground floor apartment at the 33-unit two-story building, La Ronda Cooperative in the 3900 block of Ursula Avenue.

The fire was knocked down in 13 minutes, Scott said, and the woman's body was discovered during a subsequent search and rescue sweep of the apartment. Her name was not immediately available.

"The cause of the early morning blaze remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section, and appears to be suspicious in nature," Scott said.
Kenneth Arterberry, a neighbor of the victim, tells Fox 11 she was a smoker that was struggling with cognitive issues.

A videographer at the scene said firefighters had been initially told there may be someone trapped in the apartment.

Damage was estimated at $12,000 to the structure and contents, the LAFD reported.

  • Los Angeles & SoCal NewsLos Angeles & SoCal NewsMore>>

  • California Water Reservoir Supply, Lowest In Over 40 Years

    California Water Reservoir Supply, Lowest In Over 40 Years

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:57:06 GMT
    California's drought situation is only getting worse. Eighty percent of the state is in an "extreme and exceptional" drought according to the US drought monitor.
    California's drought situation is only getting worse. Eighty percent of the state is in an "extreme and exceptional" drought according to the US drought monitor.
  • Homeowner Shoots Fleeing Burglars, Woman Claimed She Was Pregnant

    Homeowner Shoots Fleeing Burglars, Woman Claimed She Was Pregnant

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:20:32 GMT
    An 80-year-old homeowner said today he chased and fatally shot one of two people who broke into his Bixby Knolls residence. The homeowner, Tom Greer, told news media outlets the two people, a man and a woman, were inside the residence when he found them Tuesday night.
    An 80-year-old homeowner said today he chased and fatally shot one of two people who broke into his Bixby Knolls residence. The homeowner, Tom Greer, told news media outlets the two people, a man and a woman, were inside the residence when he found them Tuesday night.
  • Man Stabbed to Death During Assault Near Carson Intersection

    Man Stabbed to Death During Assault Near Carson Intersection

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:54:34 GMT

    A man was killed and two others injured in an assault by six men in Carson, authorities said today. The attack occurred near the intersection of West 225th Street and Main Street around 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Graciela Medrano..

    A man was killed and two others injured in an assault by six men in Carson, authorities said today. The attack occurred near the intersection of West 225th Street and Main Street around 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Graciela Medrano..

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices