LOS ANGELES – Investigators combed through the debris of an East Los Angeles auto shop searching for clues to the cause of a fire that left two people dead and two with critical burns, fire officials said.Firefighters dispatched shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday found flames and smoke pouring from the industrial building, fire spokesman Devin Gales said.Firefighters were not immediately summoned to fight the blaze by people at the site, fire Capt. Jaime Moore said.“When this fire initially broke out, they tried to extinguish the fire using a garden hose and they delayed the 911 response because of their activities,” Moore said.He did not say who made that decision.Firefighters had to stay outside the building and surround it to prevent the blaze from spreading, Gales said. It took 124 firefighters more than an hour to douse the blaze.The cause was under investigation.Two bodies were found inside the building. Two other men were in critical condition.A 61-year-old man who may have been sleeping in the building had first- and second-degree burns over 40 percent of his body, Gales said. A second man had burns on about 20 percent of his body.The blaze left scorched vehicles and singed metal sidings. Signage on the building read Gamez Auto Center and offered tires, radiators, mufflers, glass and other auto repair.
They’ve got the X Factor! Full casting has been announced for London’s new musical comedy and fictional X Factor spoof I Can’t Sing!. The show will feature Ashley Knight as boyband manager Louis, Victoria Elliot as pop queen Jordy, Simon Bailey as the host of X Factor and Billy Carter as Executive Producer. They will join previously announced Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman, Cynthia Erivo and Alan Morrisey. Performances for this quirky production will begin at the London Palladium February 27 with opening night set for March 26. I Can’t Sing! features choreography by Kate Prince, design by Es Devlin, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Gareth Owen and musical supervision by Philip Bateman. London The cast will be rounded out by Simon Lipkin, Joe Speare, Katy Secombe, Charlie Baker, Shaun Smith, Rowen Hawkins, Luke Baker, Adam J Bernard, Jenna Boyd, Cyrus Brandon, Gabrielle Brooks, Scarlette Douglas, Kelly Ewins, Scott Garnham, Cherelle Jay, Faisal Khodaukus, Jaye Marshall, Brian McCann, Max Parker, Joseph Prouse, Steven Serlin, Kirstie Skivington, Philippa Stefani, Gary Trainor and Alex Young. View Comments Directed by Sean Foley, I Can’t Sing! features music by Steve Brown and a book and additional lyrics by British comic Harry Hill. The production tells the story of Chenice (Erivo), who lives in an ITV blackspot because her grandad’s iron lung interferes with the signal in her caravan—she’s the only girl in the world who has never heard of The X Factor. When she accidentally stumbles into an audition with her talking dog, she starts a journey to both stardom and love. I Can’t Sing! goes beyond the microphone and under the judges’ desk to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter that keeps millions tuning in every week.