Two firefighters and a resident of a Panorama City apartment were recently hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after a “greater-alarm blaze,” according to Los Angeles Fire Department officials.
Firefighters responded to an apartment fire in the 9000 block of Cedros Avenue (map) where “heavy fire” was visible in two units on the upper floor as of 9:15 p.m. Thursday, LAFD stated in a news release.
Eighty-nine firefighters worked some 32 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which damaged eight units in the g-shaped, 55,000-square-foot complex.
A woman could be heard screaming in video capturing the large blaze, and another female resident said the incident was surprising.
“One minute you’re just sitting there watching TV, and the next minute your home is on fire. I mean, it’s not something we expected,” Mariela Rodriguez said.
One woman suffered minor burns prior to firefighters’ arrival, and two firefighters were injured - one suffering minor facial burns, and the other an eye injury.
All three were hospitalized, LAFD stated.
The American Red Cross assisted 19 adults and 11 children displaced because of the fire.
The 45-year-old apartment building was equipped with functional smoke alarms, LAFD stated.
An investigation into the cause of the blaze was underway.