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Feb 22, 2014 11:12 PM by Associated Press

World War II veteran dies in LA house fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A World War II Purple Heart recipient has been found dead after fire engulfed his Los Angeles home.

Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said investigators found pack-rat-like conditions in the tiny cottage in the Mt. Washington neighborhood, but have not determined a cause of the Friday night fire.

Scott said the excessive clutter could block a quick escape from fire, and potentially create hazards and challenges for responding firefighters.

The niece of 89-year-old Francisco Hernandez told the Los Angeles Times her uncle refused to install a smoke alarm.

Maya Hoo said Hernandez took part in the Normandy invasion and was awarded a Purple Heart for a gunshot wound to his leg.

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