LOS ANGELES – Authorities say the death toll has risen to five the day after a fire in an abandoned two-story office building near downtown Los Angeles.
A city fire statement says two men and two women were found as firefighters searched the burned out building on Tuesday afternoon.
One man was declared dead at the scene while the blaze was still burning on Monday night.
The Fire Department said all five of the dead appeared to be homeless.
Police also said they took a suspected arsonist into custody.
The fire broke out about 7 p.m. and took nearly 150 firefighters more than two hours to extinguish.
Firefighters rescued three people from the building during the fire.
The building was officially vacant, but neighbors said they saw homeless people coming and going from there.
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