UPDATE: Firefighters Find Dead Body After Strip Mall Fire

A firefighter is also hospitalized in fair condition after falling an estimated 16 feet to the ground, the LAFD says.

A man's body was found in a burned-out business that went up in flames in Canoga Park early Thursday.

"We are removing a body from the location. I can confirm that," Lt. Larry Dietz of the coroner's office said. "But we have no identity on the body at this time."

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott did not know how the fire started.

"Right now the fire remains under investigation by the Los Angeles City Fire Department's arson investigators," Scott said. "But, so far, there is no indication that this was an arson fire."

The blaze in a strip mall at 7832 Alabama Ave. was reported about 2:10 a.m. and put out in 32 minutes, Scott said. One of 62 firefighters assigned to the fire fell off a ladder was taken to a hospital to be checked out, he said. The fire was originally reported by the LAFD as being located at 7832 Canoga Ave.

Three units at the strip mall were severely damaged, and three sustained damage in areas where they shared walls, a videographer at the scene said.

Tenants included a paint shop, two kitchen appliance stores, a construction business and a surf shop, where chemicals reacted with water after the fire, exploding harmlessly during the mop-up phase, according to the photographer.


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