Firefighter Nearly Engulfed in Flames while Battling Blaze in Sherman Oaks

A firefighter was nearly engulfed in flames while battling a blaze in Sherman Oaks late Monday night.

The fire began in a one-story commercial building shortly before midnight in the 13400 block of West Ventura Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire Department stated in a news alert.

About 35 firefighters arrived at the scene to find flames and smoke coming from the structure.

Video from the scene showed a firefighter with a circular saw attempting to cut into the burning building when his uniform caught fire.

The firefighter was nearly engulfed before colleagues managed to douse the flames with water from their hoses.

The firefighter was not injured, according to reports from the scene.

The crew also managed to extinguish the burning building in about 24 minutes, according to the Fire Department.

A search of the structure turned up no patients or injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Sources: pathofex.com, RMG News, KTLA

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