Residents Displaced After Fire Tears Through Pico Union Apartment Building

Several residents living in a Pico Union apartment building were displaced Wednesday morning after a fire tore through the building during the early morning hours.

The blaze began about 3:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Toberman Street.

Nearly 80 firefighters managed to confine the flames to the upper floor and attic area of the six-unit building, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Brian Humphrey stated in a news alert.

It took the firefighters nearly one hour to put out the fire, according to Humphrey.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, which caused a partial collapse of the roof.

The badly damaged building will require a Department of Building and Safety inspection, Humphrey stated.

The damage has left at least 20 people displaced one day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

“I grabbed my backpack … I grabbed my guitar, my computer, my phone, my phone charger and then I walked out,” said a resident who was still in disbelief.

Several others could be seen standing on the street as firefighters combed through the burned building.

One resident said the fire may have been started by a heater, but officials have not confirmed a cause.

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