Toluca Lake fire de­stroys build­ing be­ing de­mol­ished

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Ruben Vives

Three peo­ple, in­clud­ing a fire­fighter, were in­jured in a fire Fri­day that de­stroyed a two-story apart­ment build­ing that was be­ing de­mol­ished and dam­aged a sec­ond build­ing in Toluca Lake.

The fire broke out about 12:20 p.m. in the 4600 block of River­ton Av­enue, ac­cord­ing to Mar­garet Stewart, a spokes­woman for the Los An­ge­les Fire Depart­ment.

When fire­fight­ers ar­rived, they saw a par­tially de­mol­ished two-story apart­ment build­ing that was en­gulfed in f lames, Stewart said.

The flames spread next door to two units in a three­story apart­ment build­ing.

“At that point, we went on the de­fen­sive,” Stewart said.

The build­ing be­ing de­mol­ished was a com­plete loss, she said. Ad­di­tion­ally, some cars parked along the street were dam­aged or de­stroyed by the fire.

One woman suf­fered smoke in­hala­tion and another per­son who jumped from an apart­ment unit suf­fered a mi­nor burn in­jury. At least one fire­fighter was in­jured and was in sta­ble con­di­tion at a hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to the Fire Depart­ment.

The fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Pho­tog raphs by Shawn Kaye For The Times


sprays wa­ter on a fire in a two-story apart­ment build­ing in the 4600 block of River­ton Av­enue.

FIRE CREWS bat­tle the f lames, which spread to two units in an ad­join­ing three-story apart­ment build­ing. A fire­fighter was among the in­jured.

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