At least one person has died as a result of a raging wildfire tearing through the L.A. area Friday, according to a report.
The man had a cardiac arrest triggered by the wind-swept blaze in Sylmar — which destroyed dozens of homes and prompted more than 100,000 residents to evacuate the San Fernando Valley, according to ABC 7.
The man’s name was not immediately revealed by Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas at a press conference Friday.
The so-called Saddleridge Brush Fire, which broke out just north of downtown L.A. on Thursday night, rapidly spread from 60 acres to 4,700 acres — damaging at least 45 homes, according to the station.
Officials evacuated 25,000 homes and pleaded with other residents to leave the area.
“I saw people firsthand attempting to fight the fire with garden hoses,” said Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, according to CNN. “Those individuals placed not only themselves in imminent peril,” he said, adding they also put first responders at risk.