LAKE LOS ANGELES – A mother found the remains of her 41-year-old daughter after a trailer fire in Lake Los Angeles early Tuesday morning, family members said.
The fire was reported around 2:12 a.m. in the 46400 block of 172nd Street East, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department supervising dispatcher Robert Diaz.
Diaz said the call came in as a house fire, but when firefighters arrived on scene it was deemed a “rubbish fire.” The fire was knocked down around 2:44 a.m., Diaz added.
Sheriff’s investigators were called to the scene around 7:20 a.m., according to Lt. Paul Pfrehm of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
“It appears that somebody has died during a fire in a trailer… It’s going to be a joint investigation between our Sheriff’s homicide detectives and our arson/ explosives detectives,” Pfrehm said, adding that no further information was available from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The body was charred beyond recognition and listed as a “Jane Doe” as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
However, devastated family members on Tuesday identified the woman as 41-year-old Jessica. They said Jessica was inside the trailer located behind her mother’s home when the trailer caught fire.
“My sister Jessica was here last night. We picked her up from Lancaster Mission and we [brought] her out here,” said Aimee Fadden. “There was a fire and my mom got woken up by the fire department… My mom was screaming that my sister was in there.”
Firefighters prevented the woman from going near the burning trailer, according to family friend Debbie Larson.
“They said, ‘if your daughter is in there, we’ll find her and we’ll let you know.’ So they came back and they told her that, nope, they didn’t find any remains there,” Larson said.
The elder woman returned to the scene at the first sign of daylight, and that’s when she found her daughter’s remains, Larson said.
“She went over to the trailer, which is totally burned black, and she saw something white. She reached over and touched it and it was bone…” Larson said. “She had to come back and call 9-1-1 again, and that’s when they all came out here.”
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, however, there is no indication that foul play was involved, Sheriff’s officials said Tuesday evening. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500.