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Man Found Dead, Brother Injured In Lake View Terrace House Fire

LAKE VIEW TERRACE (CBSLA) – A man was found dead and his brother injured in a fire at a home in Lake View Terrace Thursday morning.

At around 10:15 a.m., neighbors told CBS2 they started seeing smoke coming from the home, located in the 11300 block of North Hunnewell Avenue, and knocked on the front door but got no answer.

Man Dead, Brother Injured In Lake View Terrace House Fire
Firefighters at a fatal house fire in Lake View Terrace, Calif. May 2, 2019. (CBS2)

"I called my dad, I was like, 'I don't know if there's a brush fire, but there's a fire right over there,' and we just rushed over here," one woman told CBS2.

Responding Los Angeles Fire Department crews arrived to find one man dead in a bedroom inside the home, and his brother in the backyard with burns. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze within 20 minutes.

The victim's brother tried to battle the flames with a garden hose, the fire department said. He was taken to a hospital with burns and smoke inhalation. His injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening. A dog was also found safe in the backyard.

The victim was later identified by his family as 59-year-old Clifford Miles. Both brothers lived together in the home.

There is no word on the cause of the fire or the exact cause of Miles' death. The family told CBS2 that both men were smokers. Firefighters said there were no working smoke alarms inside the home. Los Angeles police were assisting the fire department with the investigation.

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