FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN CONDO BLAZE.Byline: Dana Bartholomew Staff Writer
ENCINO - A fire engulfed the attic of a San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. condominium condominium
In modern property law, individual ownership of one dwelling unit within a multidwelling building. Unit owners have undivided ownership interest in the land and those portions of the building shared in common. complex Monday, damaging three homes and injuring one firefighter, fire officials said.
The fire began just before 6 p.m. at a 16-unit complex on the corner of Zelzah Avenue and Killion Street, sending flames soaring from its second story above the adjacent 101 Freeway, slowing rush-hour commuters.
``I saw the flames from as far away as the dog park at Victory,'' said Frani Levinson, 42, of Reseda. ``We thought it was a nuclear bomb going off.''
It took 13 engine companies and 65 firefighters an hour to douse douse 1 also dowse
v. doused also dowsed, dous·ing also dows·ing, dous·es also dows·es
1. To plunge into liquid; immerse. See Synonyms at dip.
2. the blaze, fire officials said. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
Three top-floor condos at the Mission Encino complex in the 5500 block of Zelzah Avenue suffered moderate damage as firefighters tore through ceilings to reach flames erupting from the roof.
Water also damaged the homes of three families.
``There was a guy crying and a woman crying,'' said Galit Strugano, 27, who lives across the street. ``It's really sad.''
Assistant Chief Emile Mack of the Los Angeles Fire Department The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), also known as the Los Angeles City Fire Department to distinguish it from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It is the agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of Los Angeles. said he believes the fire started in the attic In the Attic can refer to:
Miriam Davis, whose corner condo was damaged, was running an errand er·rand
a. A short trip taken to perform a specified task, usually for another.
b. The purpose or object of such a trip: Your errand was to mail the letter.
2. with her dog when she learned of the blaze.
``I just got a call that my home was on fire,'' said Davis, cradling Tiny amid the commotion of fire trucks and hoses. ``I got my roommate, my dog, Tiny. I'm fine - but my house isn't.''
Last May, a 47-year-old Encino man was killed during a natural gas explosion that left 300 residents homeless in an apartment complex on Newcastle Avenue, a block from Monday's fire. A smaller fire recently damaged an apartment across the street.
``These streets are bad luck,'' said Tali Tali: see Dali, China. Edrey, 26, a former Newcastle resident who now lives across the street from Monday's fire.
Mission Encino Condominium fire