- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A mother and child have been found dead after a fire in a Los Angeles garage - raising to 11 the number of fire-related deaths in the city this year.

Firefighters went to east 50th Street shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and found smoke coming from a garage that had been converted to living space.

The blaze was doused in less than 10 minutes.

Fire officials say crews found a 2-year-old boy in the garage and tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The boy’s mother was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities are trying to determine whether the garage was legally converted and whether it had a smoke alarm.

Authorities say many of the homes where fires claimed 11 lives this year lacked alarms.


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