SYLMAR - One firefighter was hospitalized and eight residents displaced, when flames damaged three condominium units in the northeast San Fernando Valley early Monday morning.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 1:54 AM on July 21, 2014 to 14380 Foothill Boulevard in Sylmar, where firefighters arrived quickly to find one unit of a two story four-unit condominium building well involved with fire.
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Neighbors, who were awakened by properly functioning smoke alarms, had already escaped their homes unscathed prior the Fire Department's arrival.
As flames swept through the common attic of the 4,684 square-foot building, 85 firefighters under the command of Assistant Chief Timothy Manning held the bulk of fire to the unit of fire origin, as well as attic space and ceilings in two adjoining units.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze in just 49 minutes.
While attacking the flames, one Fire Engineer sustained a non-life threatening facial injury. He was taken to an area hospital by LAFD ambulance in fair condition. After the blaze was extinguished, a resident asked Paramedics to examine a minor burn to his foot. The man declined treatment or transportation.
Volunteers from the American Red Cross assisted four adults and four children displaced by the blaze with temporary living needs.
Fire loss to the thirty year-old building, which was not equipped with fire sprinklers, is still being tabulated. The prompt initial call to 9-1-1 helped firefighters spare at least $500,000 in property loss among the four condominiums.
The cause of the fire remains under active investigation.
Dispatched Units: E91 RA91 E275 T75 E298 E98 T98 RA898 EM15 BC12 E77 E18 E287 T87 T39 E239 E39 RA98 E81 E290 T90 DC3 BC10 BC15 BC14 E87 E289 T89 RA75 AR2 RA909 EA1Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department