Firefighter injured, 17 cats killed in massive blaze at California strip mall
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A massive fire broke out in a shopping center in a strip in Los Angeles area It killed 17 cats and injured a firefighter on Saturday morning.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a fire in Building 9000 on West Venice Boulevard at approximately 5:44 a.m. Saturday after someone passing through the area called 911 to report the flames.
When the first 124 members of the LAFD arrived at the address, they saw smoke rising from the central section of a one-story mall containing about a dozen businesses.
As described as Intense 73 minute clashCrews were forced to enter and inspect several businesses on the premises, including the CatPlaceLA cat riding facility.
Bring the firefighters 19 cats Outside the charred works, but 17 of them were out of medical assistance and reportedly died at the scene. The two remaining cats were taken to an emergency vet after the crew was able to resuscitate them.
The department said one of the firefighters developed a “sudden medical illness” while putting out the fire and was taken to hospital in reasonable condition for further evaluation.
There were no other injuries in the fire.
Although most of the building was filled with thick smoke due to the common attic area, the bulk of the damage from direct fires was limited to five businesses: nail salon, smoke shop, martial arts studio, employment agency, and CatPlaceLA.
A nearby jewelry store and restaurant also suffered from sideways smoke, water and heat damage.
The LAFD said none of the companies involved were equipped with operational fire sprinklers.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.