LOS ANGELES — Authorities are investigating a fire Thursday night at a Hollywood building housing several recording studios that left one dead and two others suffering from smoke inhalation, including a daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne.
Firefighters responded to a call at the two-story building on West Lexington Avenue around 5:40 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It took nearly an hour for nearly 80 firefighters to extinguish the blaze.
An unidentified man was found dead on the first floor of the building, officials said. The fire started on the first floor and spread to parts of the second, Los Angeles Fire Captain Erik Scott said.
Two people who escaped the blaze were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation but refused to be taken to hospital, authorities said.
Aimee Osbourne, 38, and her producer were working in the building when the fire broke out and were “the lucky two who made it out alive,” Sharon Osbourne, her mother, posted on Instagram. The producer was not identified in the message.
“It is absolutely heartbreaking that someone lost their life today in this fire and we send our prayers to this person and their family,” Osbourne wrote.
The building’s layout and interior construction made it difficult to fight the fires, Scott said, because the recording studios had significant amounts of insulation and double layers of drywall, which concentrated heat.
“Our firefighters have been beaten,” he said.
In her Instagram post, Sharon Osbourne said: ‘I really hope buildings like this are better regulated when it comes to fire safety. This building was a creative hub for music in Hollywood, a space that should have been regulated by the fire code.
It is not known if there were any fire code violations at the site and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to the LAFD.
Several recording studios are listed as occupying the building. Sharon Osbourne said many artists working outside the space lost their equipment.
“Once again our prayers go out to the family and friends of the person who lost their life in this senseless fire,” Sharon Osbourne said in the Instagram post.