A fire near Glendale Boulevard and Glenhurst Avenue in Atwater Village tonight damaged two structures and several cars before nearly 90 firefighters put out the blaze.
No civilians or firefighters were reported injured during the blaze, which broke out at about 8:40 p.m, according to Scott Campos, Battalion Chief for the Los Angeles City Fire Department in Hollywood.
A total of 88 firefighters were on scene for a little more than 30 minutes to extinguish the fire, said Campos, who explained that a fire this size would normally require only 12-18 responders. More were called for, however, as a result of limited access to the scene caused by “packrat conditions.”
Tucked behind a home in the 3500 block of Glenhurst Avenue , a detached garage, a nearby structure and multiple vehicles including a motor home caught fire before firefighters arrived on the scene.
“I saw flames go up all of a sudden and I called 911,” said Raul Sanchez, an LA Unified employee who accidentally missed his exit off the 5 freeway, which prompted him to get off at Glendale where he noticed the flames.
Sanchez reported seeing a woman come out from the back house, which was on fire at the time.
“She was scared. I gave her my jacket then went to check on the other people and she was gone,” he said.
Local resident Lucy Salinas, a mail processor at the UCLA mail services department, said she became worried when she was at home and heard an explosion just before Sanchez reported the fire to police.
“I thought it was a car accident, and all of a sudden I heard the ambulance,” she said.
Mitch O’Farrell, LA City council member in the Atwater District, was on the scene as well, checking in on the neighborhood.“I heard about this and I wanted to come and be here, and make sure everything was okay,” he said.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, according to Campos who said that the fire was under investigation with arson units on the scene working to figure out the cause.
The fire burned next to a parking lot of a Glendale Boulevard shopping center. But it appeared that none of the shops were damaged.
*This story has been updated