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South LA Fire Claims 2 Lives

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A house fire in the Baldwin Vista neighborhood that hugs the northern edge of Kenneth Hahn State Park in South LA left two people dead and one 63-year-old woman with 2nd and 3rd degree burns. The two dead, a man and a woman, were burned beyond recognition and have not been identified.

The fire, at 3856 S. Redondo Blvd,, began at 1:03 a.m. and was knocked down 26 minutes later by 60 firefighters. As customary with fire-related deaths, arson and police are still on scene determining a cause,

However, preliminary investigation results show that a double cylindrical lock may have hindered the two victims from getting out of the house quickly. "Any entry or exit has to be openable in 15 seconds per fire code," explained d"Lisa Davies of the LA Fire Department. "Because everyone wants that extra security, they go for the double cylindrical locks, which require a key." She recommended that the key be placed next to the door or already in the lock.

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$150,000 in damage to the home was sustained with $50,000 lost in contents.

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