Two firefighters suffered burns to their ears Saturday morning after responding to a fire at an apartment building in Westlake, officials said.
The blaze was reported about 5:45 a.m. at a four-story structure in the 2900 block of Sunset Place, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The flames damaged two apartments before being extinguished by firefighters within 40 minutes. Several other residences in the 56,577-square-foot structure sustained smoke damage.
The building was equipped with functional smoke alarms but not fire sprinklers, LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said.
One resident said she sprained her ankle while running down a stairwell to safety. The two injured firefighters were transported to a hospital with burns that were described as minor but painful.
Emily Harris, who lives in an apartment adjacent to the unit where the fire originated, said she awoke to the sound of windows breaking and initially thought a robbery was in progress.
“I didn’t wake up to an alarm or anything like that,” said Harris, who escaped safely with her cat. “There wasn’t any going on.”
Red Cross volunteers also responded to the scene, where they were assisting residents of the damaged apartment units.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
#StructureFire; 5:45 AM; 2900 W Sunset Pl; #MacArthurPark; 4 story apartment building. KNOCKDOWN: 106 FF in 40 min. Fire extended to 2, 3rd floors & attic. @LAFD conducted thorough search. No civilian injuries.
2 #Firefighters suffered minor burn to ears. Cause under invest.