Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters were called just after 5:40 p.m. to the two-story building at 6600 Lexington Ave.
The man was found dead after firefighters extinguished the blaze, authorities said. Two people were assessed for smoke inhalation but declined to seek medical attention, authorities said.
In an Instagram post shared Thursday night, TV star Sharon Osbourne said her daughter, Aimee Osbourne, was inside the studio at the time with her producer.
“These are the two lucky ones who made it out alive,” she wrote. “It is very heartbreaking that someone lost their life today in this fire and we send our prayers to this person and their family. What happened today was beyond horrific. J I really hope that in the future buildings like this will be better regulated when it comes to fire safety.”
LAFD Captain Erik Scott said studio equipment made the fire difficult to extinguish.
“It was a very difficult fire,” he said. “It was very compartmentalized inside because there were so many different recording studios. You had double drywall, you had insulation, you had soundproofing that really held the heat in. It was a Extremely hot fire. No visibility. So hot, it burned through the first floor floor.”
A hip-hop artist and rapper known as Maxxamillion told ABC7 he lost his entire recording studio and $50,000 worth of equipment.
“I opened the door, saw smoke coming from across the hall, immediately reached out for a jug of water,” he said. “I threw it against the door, the flames erupted. I tried to go back to my room and grab everything I could, but the flames were everywhere and we ran out of the building and it was everything.”
It is not known what started the fire. The cause remains under investigation.
Music producer Justin Barnett said he had lost almost everything in his studio which he had only recently started renting out.
“My girlfriend saw the notifications, said, ‘I think your studio is on fire,'” he told ABC7. “And I was like, ‘Oh, no, this isn’t my studio. I was just there.’ She was like, ‘No, I think your studio is on fire.'”
Barnett said he has been in the music business for about 15 years.
“So I have a few hard drives backed up, I mean, just…equipment,” he said. “And I just moved here – I arrived here on May 1st.”
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