Three firefighters were injured Saturday while battling a stubborn blaze at a storage facility in Venice, officials said.
Two firefighters — one who suffered a back injury and heat blisters, another with heat exhaustion — were taken to a hospital, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. A captain was treated at the scene.
Fire Department personnel responded about 7:30 p.m. to reports of smoke in the 600 block of Venice Boulevard, just east of Abbot Kinney Boulevard (map), said LAFD spokesman Peter Sanders.
The fire generated heat and smoke that increased "dramatically" after firefighters entered the two-story building, prompting them to exit the structure and switch to a defensive operation, Sanders said.
Unable to penetrate the business's metal roof, they then used rotary saws with diamond-tipped blades to drill through stucco walls and create ventilation.
The fire personnel were assessing the situation and determining when they would be able to reenter the building, Sanders said.
LAFD Chief Ralph M. Terrazas said on Twitter that more than 200 firefighters, including himself, where at the scene as the blaze continued to burn as of 11:45 p.m.
The cause of the incident was not immediately known.
On Extra Space Storage's website, the company was providing information for customers who may have been affected by the fire.