Firefighters Battle Blaze at Commercial Building in Sawtelle
Firefighters rushed to douse flames at a two-story commercial building that caught fire in the Sawtelle neighborhood of Los Angeles late Wednesday, officials said.
The fire was fist reported about 7:50 p.m. at a building at Santa Monica Boulevard and Westgate Avenue, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Mark McLean said.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke emanating from the structure and began an offensive attack, he said.
But the as the flames intensified on the second floor and the structure became compromised, firefighters switched to a defensive stance and worked to extinguish the fire from the exterior.
Firefighters declared the flames extinguished about an hour and 20 minutes after they ignited, McLean said. The cause was under investigation.
No injuries were reported. A dollar-value estimate of the damage to the building was not available.
The burning building was gated off and appeared to be unoccupied. State records show the business referenced in the building’s signage, Century Home Health Care of America, dissolved in 2007.