Fire in Hollywood remains under investigation


Flowers and candles have been positioned exterior a setting up on Lexington Avenue in Hollywood that housed recording studios after a physique was found inside following a fire on May 19. ({photograph} by Edwin Folven)

The Los Angeles police and fireside departments are investigating a blaze on May 19 in which an individual died in a two-story setting up at 6600 W. Lexington Ave. that had been remodeled into recording studios.

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety will be investigating whether or not or not the development had been illegally remodeled into studio space based mostly totally on a criticism initiated by the LAFD on May 20. Jeff Napier, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, said the division’s Code Enforcement Bureau is at current investigating the criticism and he could not contact upon the investigation.

LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said the fireside was reported at 5:42 p.m. and firefighters found smoke coming from the setting up, which is located on the southwest nook of Lexington Avenue and Seward Street. Most of the people who’ve been inside self-evacuated, nevertheless firefighters found the deceased man after extinguishing the flames and looking out the setting up. Scott said the setting up’s inside was divided into small specific individual studios, and provides used to sound-proof the areas made it robust to extinguish the flames.

“It was very challenging fire, to navigate and crawl through a building with zero-visibility,” Scott said. “The studios had sound-deafening insulation, and the same materials that excelled in keeping sound in also excelled in keeping the fire burning. It took us over an hour to fully extinguish [the fire]. The building was very compartmentalized.”

Scott said the fireside originated in a first-floor unit. He wasn’t certain whether or not or not the sufferer’s physique was found in that unit or elsewhere in the setting up. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has not launched the sufferer’s determine pending the results of the investigation. Media critiques acknowledged the sufferer as Nathan Avery Edwards, 26, who recorded, produced and blended music under the determine Avery Drift.

Two totally different people have been dealt with on the scene for smoke inhalation nevertheless declined to be hospitalized, Scott added. Aimee Osbourne, daughter of Ozzy Osbourne, was contained in the setting up when the fireside erupted and escaped unharmed, in response to media critiques. Scott could not confirm the names of any of the people who’ve been present contained in the setting up on the time of the fireside, or what number of people evacuated.

Anyone with info in regards to the illegal and unpermitted use of the setting up is impressed to report violations by visiting