Firefighters Extinguish Dramatic Fire at Abandoned 2-Story Motel in Van Nuys

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Some 170 firefighters on Sunday afternoon extinguished a dramatic fire at an abandoned two-story motel in Van Nuys, according to officials.

Flames and smoke emanated from an abandoned motel in Van Nuys on Feb. 14, 2016. (Credit: Jon Sklaroff)

Flames and smoke emanated from an abandoned motel in Van Nuys on Feb. 14, 2016. (Credit: Jon Sklaroff)

Firefighters responded shortly after 2 p.m. to the 6400 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard and initially engaged in "defensive operations" as the blaze raged at the structure, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Two hours and 53 minutes later, the active flames were knocked down and an investigation was underway, Humphrey said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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A witness's video showed several LAFD ladder trucks and fire engines parked in front of the abandoned two-story Voyager Motor Inn as firefighters attacked the blaze.

Fire officials initially described the building as a three-story structure. Humphrey later confirmed the business was closed and vacant at the time of the fire.

News video from the scene depicted intense flames emerging from windows on the second level of the building. The fire sent a massive plume of black smoke into the air above the San Fernando Valley.

The cause of the incident was unknown.

Flames and smoke emanated from an abandoned motel in Van Nuys on Feb. 14, 2016. (Credit: Jon Sklaroff)

Flames and smoke emanated from an abandoned motel in Van Nuys on Feb. 14, 2016. (Credit: Jon Sklaroff)

Sepulveda Boulevard was closed in both directions between Victory Boulveard and Kittridge Street as a mop-up operation continued. It was unclear when the stretch of road would be reopened.

A fire broke out at the Voyager Motor Inn in August 2013, when the business was still operational. In that blaze, four people suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Half of the motel's 120 rooms were occupied when the fire erupted.

"It took a lot of companies, a lot of water, a lot of personnel to finally get control of this fire," LAFD Battalion Chief Don Reyes said at the time. "It was a very tough fire to fight."

Smoke from a structure fire in Van Nuys was visible from the 405 Freeway on Feb. 14, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Smoke from a structure fire in Van Nuys was visible from the 405 Freeway on Feb. 14, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)