LAFD Extinguishes Blaze at Vacant Building in North Hills

Firefighters were able to put out a fire that broke out in a vacant building in North Hills on Thursday evening.

Officials were called to the blaze on the 9400 block of Sepulveda Boulevard shortly after 6 p.m., according to an alert from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Though the heavily boarded-up structure created logistical challenges for firefighters, most of the flames were mopped up by 6:45 p.m., officials said.

Firefighters are shown battling a house fire in North Hills on August 24, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Firefighters are shown battling a house fire in North Hills on August 24, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The building was a one-story, craftsman-style home, LAFD said, and aerial video showed the structure was covered in graffiti with blown out windows.

Firefighters said the building was "very compartmentalized and boarded," which made accessing certain sections of the fire a challenge.

The structure includes a converted attic, where the fire was heavy, and a basement, officials said.

No injuries were reported.

The site previously housed North Hills Prep, a private K-12 school, from 1980 until 2012, according to the California Department of Education. The school's website says it now operates out of a campus on Saticoy Street in Van Nuys.

The abandoned property, located at 9433 N Sepulveda Blvd., was listed for $6 million on the website for the real estate firm Evanisko Realty & Investment.

A brochure the company circulated on the property sought to position it as ripe for the development of housing units.

KTLA's Nidia Becerra contributed to this report.