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Man Dies in Brentwood House Fire

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A house fire claimed the life of an elderly man early this morning in Brentwood. The fire, which was first reported at 3:38 a.m. at 12026 Benmore Terrace, was knocked down in 28 minutes after "an aggressive and well coordinated fight on the blaze," described LA Fire Department Spokesman Brian Humphrey. Once out, firefighters began to search the 3,234 sq. foot two story residence where they found the man who was declared dead on the scene. No one else was hurt, but the 1953 structure sustained an estimated $1.5 million in damage with $250,000 contents lost. The incident remains an active fire and police investigation.