At least 11 injured in Panorama City apartment complex fire
PANORAMA CITY, Calif. - At least 11 people are being treated for injuries and 16 people displaced following a fire at an apartment complex in Panorama City Monday.
The fire was reported just before 7 a.m. at the four-story building with 200 apartment units located at 9010 N. Tobias Avenue, according to officials. It was contained in about 45 minutes thanks to the involvement of nearly a hundred firefighters who rushed to the scene.
Capt. Erik Scott with the Los Angeles Fire Department said a preliminary investigation has revealed the fire appears to have started on the second floor and quickly spread to the units above. At least five units are damaged and three floors have sustained water damage, Capt. Scott said.
Five of the injured were taken to hospitals for treatment of unspecified injuries, including one person in serious condition, according to Capt. Scott. The other four people hospitalized were listed in "fair to moderate condition" per the LAFD. Six patients declined transport and further care.
Sixteen people from ten units are temporarily displaced.
The Red Cross is assisting residents affected by the fire.
No firefighters were injured, officials said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.