Two Firefighters Suffer Burns in Sherman Oaks Blaze

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SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. (KTLA) — Two firefighters suffered second-degree burns while battling a blaze at a house in Sherman Oaks on Friday.

It happened just before midnight in the 4000 block of Sumac Drive.

Neighbor Robert Greene said he noticed a barbecue smell coming from his next door neighbor’s house.

Within minutes, the fire spread, and he suddenly realized the magnitude of what was happening.

“[I] Told my wife to get in the car and get out of here,” Greene said.

At one point, three firefighters were trapped inside the home while battling the blaze, and two of were injured — reportedly with second degree burns to their hands.

“Both are in good condition,” said Battalion Chief Tim Kelly, of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Connie Martinez, another neighborhood, said she was awakened by all the noise, which seemed to be coming from her backyard.

Instead, it was her neighbor’s three-story house being engulfed by a raging structure fire.

“I saw all the flames,” Martinez said.

The intense fire raged for about 90 minutes before firefighters were able to extinguish the flames.

Fire officials said the layout of the hillside home made the firefight more dangerous.

The homeowner was out of town at the time. The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

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