LOS ANGELES - A 65-year-old man died rushing to save his neighbors and three remain hospitalized after a house fire in Sunland late Wednesday night, said officials.
The victim, identified by neighbors as Mike Reinhart, went into cardiac arrest after his neighbor's home caught fire. He was in grave condition and treated at the scene by pracademics. Reinhart died at a hospital Thursday morning, said authorities.
A total of 31 firefighters responded about 9:50 p.m. to the 10700 block of North Big Bend Avenue, near Oro Vista Avenue, and were able to contain the fire to an attached garage. Knockdown was declared at 10:09 p.m., according
to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Two people who live in the home, a 49-year-old woman and an 89-year-old woman, were taken to a hospital, the younger woman in fair condition, the older woman in serious condition, Stewart said.
Another neighbor, an approximately 80-year-old woman who was also not in the fire-damaged structure, was being checked out for an undetermined medical complaint, Stewart said.
An investigation into the cause of the fire was underway.
FOX LA's Kelli Johnson contributed to this report