MOUNT WASHINGTON — It has been nearly a week since fire destroyed a giant home on Sea View Avenue. But firefighters have remained on the scene as they meticulously comb through the rubble in search of the body of the 84-year-old homeowner who is presumed to have died in the fire. Now, crews are working ahead of a storm expected to hit by Friday.
Streets have remained blocked off and two giant cranes are being used to help clear the rubble of the approximately 9,100-square-foot home, which descends three levels down a hillside. Rescue dogs are assisting with the search of human remains.
“It’s a long and laborious process,” said L.A, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. “We feel ethically bound to see that his remains his are recovered. We simply can’t walk away until there is no hope.”
Humphrey said that the department is trying to bring the search to a “conclusion before the storm.”
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