Fatal Fire in Northridge Tuesday Night

A person died in a house fire late Tuesday night in Northridge, apparently set by a suicidal man, authorities said.

The fire was reported at about 9:20 p.m. at 18907 W. Knapp Street, near Wilbur Avenue, in Northridge, said d'Lisa Davies of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Police were on the scene when firefighters arrived and initially would not let them inside the home, Davies said.

911 calls to the Los Angeles Police Department indicated that an unarmed suicidal man had set the fire, according to Officer Karen Smith.

The fire spread from one room to the attic of the home.

It took 33 firefighters just over a half-hour to extinguish the fire.

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