The investigation continued on Friday into the cause of a fire that killed one person in a Hollywood industrial building housing recording studios where the daughter of television personality Sharon Osbourne was inside with a producer.
The fire was reported around 5:40 p.m. Thursday at the two-story concrete building on the 6600 block of West Lexington Avenue, between Highland Avenue and Vine Street, said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“There were an abundance of small, individual recording studios inside, creating a very compartmentalized layout, which was extremely difficult to navigate and navigate in full view,” Prange said.
“Additionally, the studios had thick sound-absorbing walls, extra insulation, double drywall and thick windows,” Prange said. “While this design was designed to keep sound out, it also excelled at keeping smoke and heat out. The firefighters inside were beaten in a very hot and intense battle , but they were relentless and extinguished the flames within 51 minutes.
Two people were assessed at the scene for smoke inhalation but refused to be taken to hospital, the LAFD reported.
“Tragically, during their systematic search inside, firefighters discovered a deceased person within the structure,” Prange said. “Human remains detection K9s were called in to search the area and luckily found no other victims.”
Authorities have withheld the name of the man who was found dead, pending notification of his relatives.
“After the flames were extinguished, firefighters discovered marijuana upstairs, which appeared to be a grow operation,” Prange said. “LAFD’s Office of Fire Prevention was notified and Cannabis Unit Fire Inspectors responded to review previous records, inspect the building, help determine if this was legal and – in a joint effort with the fire investigators – determine if this contributed to the cause of the Fire. These investigations remain active (and) currently no conclusions have been drawn.
Osbourne said in an Instagram post that her daughter Aimee and her producer escaped the fire.
“These are the two lucky ones who made it out alive,” she wrote. “It is truly heartbreaking that someone lost their life today in this fire and we send our prayers to that person and their family. What happened today was beyond horrific. I really hope that in the future buildings like this will be better regulated for fire safety.