A body was found early Friday, Nov. 1, at an auto body shop that burned, authorities said.
The discovery was said to be made at Earl Scheib Paint and Body, 3252 W. Rosecrans Ave. in Hawthorne, west of Crenshaw, according to Los Angeles County fire dispatcher Rey Dong. The fire broke out around 4:15 a.m. at the shop near Rosecrans Boulevard and Lemoli Avenue. The victim has still not yet been identified, and a cause of the fire was not clear. Officials do not suspect arson as a cause.
The fire took 15-20 minutes to extinguish. It was reported at 4:14 a.m. and was knocked down by 4:43 a.m., the fire dispatcher said.
“Upon performing search and rescue operations, we did find one victim that was a fatality inside,” Batt. Chief Brian Askari told local news.
Hawthorne police said they were conducting a homicide investigation.