81-year-old woman found dead after Woodland Hills home fire, LAPD says


An 81-year-old woman was set on fire Tuesday night and died at her Woodland Hills home, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

A relative went to check on Ok Ja Kim on the 208000 block of Martha Street north of Burbank Boulevard on Tuesday and found Kim on the floor in her bedroom. The relative saw signs of fire and called 911, Officer Annie Hernandez said.

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Topanga Division agents arrived at the home at 7:40 PM and found an unconscious Kim partially under her bed. Her body was half charred and the house was searched, police said. There were signs of a break-in at the home, but police have no description of a suspect.

The death is investigated as murder. Detectives are investigating the area for additional information.

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LAPD-det. Sharon Kim told KTTV TBEN 11 that the area is a “generally quiet neighborhood.”

“[It’s] upper middle class, so a crime like this, which is violent, is quite unusual for this neighborhood,” Kim said.

“I’ve noticed that there’s a large transient population in this neighborhood, and we’re not sure if that’s related, but that’s something we all need to be aware of as we come and go home.” ” said Kim.

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Anyone with information for this case was urged to call LAPD Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives at (818) 374-9550 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.