A fast-moving wildfire has consumed about 4,700 acres, left at least one person dead, and forced mandatory evacuation for about 25,000 homes near Los Angeles. The brush fire broke out in Sylmar late Thursday night.
Authorities held a press conference Friday morning about the Saddleridge fire and confirmed that at least one person died in connection to the blaze. The victim, a man in his late 50s, died of cardiac arrest as a result of the fire. A firefighter also sustained a minor eye injury and was hospitalized for treatment.
According to Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, about 1,000 firefighters were battling the fire and had been ordered to stay on the scene. “Nobody is going home right away. This event is going to take a few days.” Terrazas said.
Many homes have been disconnected from electricity to prevent wildfires sparked by windblown power lines in the area.
Authorities opened shelters for about 100,000 residents who were evacuated from their homes.