Fire destroys Lynwood house
By Steve metsch email@example.com July 8, 2012 3:16PM
Updated: July 8, 2012 11:14PM
A two-story house in the 19600 block of Torrence Avenue in Lynwood was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, Fire Chief Rich Eriks said.
The two occupants were not home when the fire started and no firefighters were injured, he said.
The fire started in the basement, he said. It spread quickly, even burning the rafters in the attic, he said.
“We are not investigating the cause at this point because the house is unsafe to go into,” Eriks said.
He pulled firefighters out of the house when the fire caused the living room floor to collapse into the basement.
“Fortunately, nobody was in the living room when the floor caved in,” he said.
The fire department was called about the fire around 10 a.m. Sunday, he said.
Firefighters were on the scene about three hours. Because they were not able to safely enter the brick house, they were forced to douse the fire water from the exterior.
A house to the south and those in a nearby subdivision were not endangered by the fire, Eriks said.
The house, however, is considered “a total loss,” he said.