On Sunday, 8 firefighters were injured while fighting a large and extremely hot fire, which overwhelmed the storage facility in Venice, authorities revealed.
Brian Humphrey, a Los Angeles fire spokesman told, more than 300 firefighters battled the fire overnight at the Extra Space Storage facility after it broke out around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Another spokesman Erik Scott said, 2 firefighters with heat exhaustion and another with a back injury and blisters were taken to the hospital, while a firefighter with heat exhaustion and a captain with an unspecified injury were treated at the site.
However, he didn’t provide details regarding the rest of the 3 firefighters, but the officials confirmed that none of the injuries were life-threatening.
Combustible items packed in the storage units fueled the flames and created extremely hot and smoky conditions. The building’s metal roof made it difficult for heat and smoke to escape.
Firefighters cut holes in the roof and smashed windows to try to aerate the building.
Humphrey said, the wreckage was still blazing mid-morning Sunday, but the bulk of the flames had been put out.
Although, the investigators scrutinized through wreckage in order to find out the fire’s cause and hoped to have answers later Sunday.
The officials said, firefighters were able to save about 2/3 of the units from the flames, but there is standing water damage.
Humphrey said, the department has been in touch with the property owner who plans to bring a private firm in to deal with residents and insurance concerns in the coming days.