Firefighters engaged with a two-story recording studio caught on fire in Hollywood discovered the body of a deceased person Thursday evening.
The fire began at about 5:55 p.m. on the 6600 block of West Lexington Avenue in Hollywood.
When Los Angeles Fire Department crews entered the building, they located the body of a deceased person at the scene.
The person’s identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin and the ongoing investigation.
Two other individuals were also being treated for smoke inhalation, but declined transport to a nearby hospital.
At around 7:15 p.m., LAFD crews reported that the fire was knocked down thanks to help from the 78 firefighters on hand.
The cause of the fire was unknown, though crews planned to remain on scene throughout the evening to investigate the cause and handle any remaining hot spots.
As the investigation continued, LAFD disclosed that the building appeared to be a recording studio with multiple recording rooms. The soundproofing material covering the walls of the rooms not only made it difficult for crews to discern a source for the fire, but also to figure out the layout of the building due to the compartmentalized smoke.
They believe that the building was built at some time in the 1920s, making it exempt from fire sprinkler requirements.