Sharon Osbourne arrives for the Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 22, 2019. She said her daughter escaped a recording studio fire Thursday that killed one person. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo
May 20 (UPI) -- One person died and two others suffered from smoke inhalation exposure when an industrial building fire in Hollywood Thursday night damaged a large two-story building that included several recording studios.
Reality television star Sharon Osbourne said their daughter was inside when the fire happened but managed to make it out safely.
The layouts of the recording studios, with many including extra insulation and double drywall to control sound, made fighting the fire challenging for crews, Los Angeles Fire Capt. Erik Scott told the Los Angeles Times.
"This was a very challenging fire," Scott said, according to KABC-TV. "It was very compartmentalized inside because there were so many separate different recording studios. You had double drywall, you had insulation, you had soundproofing that really held in the heat. It was an extremely hot fire. Zero visibility. So hot, that it burned through the floor on the first floor."
Scott said the fire started on the first floor and spread to parts of the second. He said the first floor was completely burned out.
Osbourne, the wife of musician Ozzy Osbourne, said their daughter Aimee Osbourne, was inside the studio at the time with her producer.
"They are the lucky two that made it out alive," the elder Osbourne said on Instagram. "It is utterly heartbreaking that someone lost their life today in this fire and we are sending our prayers to this person and their family. What happened today was beyond horrific. I really hope moving forward that buildings like this are better regulated for fire safety."
Firefighters found one man dead on the first floor. The two who suffered from smoke inhalation declined to be taken to the hospital. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.