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One firefighter and two residents were injured after a house caught on fire in Reseda on Thursday afternoon, sending a up tower of smoke visible across the San Fernando Valley.


Smoke was rising from a residential fire in Reseda on April 10, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The blaze was reported at a one-story home in the 17800 block of West Vanowen Street (map) at 12:46 p.m., according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was out by about 2 p.m.

The home was near the cross street of Zelzah Avenue in a residential area, aerial video showed.

An 18-year-old woman was rescued from a window in the home, and she was taken to a hospital in fair condition, as was a 54-year-old female neighbor who suffered minor smoke inhalation, Scott said.

A firefighter was burned through his glove and was also hospitalized in fair condition, Scott said.

Two Los Angeles Police Department officers were transported from the scene as a precaution, LAPD Officer Nuria Vanegas said. It was not clear how they were injured.

Scott said the police officers declined transport to a hospital after being evaluated for minor injuries.

A pet bird was found dead inside the home, but a litter of six kittens was rescued and were in good health, Scott said.

The property appeared to have one or more structures in the backyard, between the main home and an alley. Firefighters could be seen cutting holes in the roofs of two structures, which appeared severely damaged.

A neighboring home also appeared to have damage, aerial video showed.

Multiple fire trucks and ambulances were on scene, and people appeared to getting treated by paramedics.

Seventy-fire firefighters responded and the blaze was knocked down in one hour and 16 minutes, Scott said.

The cause of the fire — and its total damages — were under evaluations, the Fire Department stated in a blog post.