Fire breaks out at two homes in Pico-Union area

- A major emergency fire started in one Craftsman-style home and spread to a second in the Pico-Union area today.
  
The fire was reported at 4:48 p.m. at a three-story home in the 1200 block of South Bonnie Brae Street and spread to an adjacent home of the same style, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
  
Several people were seen climbing out of windows when the first units arrived, she said.
  
One person from a nearby home was evaluated at the scene for a medical complaint, but no injuries directly resulting from the fire were reported, Stewart said.
  
More than 140 firefighters responded and knocked down the fire by 5:56 p.m., keeping it from spreading to a third home, Stewart said.
  
A stretch of Pico Boulevard was closed as a result of the blaze, which sent flames and smoke pouring through the roofs and from upper-floor windows of both the affected homes.
  
After the fire was knocked down, firefighters continued to work on hot spots and were expected to remain at the scene for hours, Stewart said.

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