Man Dies in Anaheim Garage Fire

Firefighters came face-to-face with an early morning fire Tuesday where one man was found dead and five garages left severely damaged in Anaheim.

The two-alarm blaze broke out on the 2600 block of East Park Lane at about 1:45 a.m, an Anaheim Fire Department spokesman said.

Santiago Villamil said he heard the victim's daughter looking for her father as the fire ravaged through the structures.

"She was looking for him in the crowd, and she couldn't find him, so she kept yelling 'my dad, my dad, my dad,'" he said.

The blaze burned through five detached garages, three of them suffered major damage.

It took firefighters from both Anaheim and Fullerton almost half an hour to knock out the flames.
The victim, who is believed to be in his late 40s to early 50s, was believed to have been living inside one of the units, and found inside after the blaze was put out.

"There was a little refrigerator and some other things that would lead us to believe that there's a potential, at least, for the individual to have been living in the garage," Lt. Eric Trapp said, with the Anaheim Police Department.

According to residents the man built furniture in the unit where he was found. He was described as a polite and friendly neighbor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation with damage estimated at $175,000.

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