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3-Alarm Fire Damages Glendale Apartment Building

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GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Monday said two firefighters and a third person were injured in a three-alarm structure fire in Glendale.

The blaze was reported around 12:15 a.m. at an apartment building on Brand Boulevard.

Fire officials say the flames started in one of eight units in the building. One resident suffered minor injuries after jumping out a window and landing on an awning. That person was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment.

Authorities said two firefighters were also injured. They suffered burns from dripping tar.

The blaze also caused a partial roof collapse and smoke damage to lower-level businesses.

“With that partial roof collapse, there’s a pancake effect of the collapse so a lot of the fire was trapped in areas that were very difficult to get to,” Glendale Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Vince Rifino said.

After thoroughly checking the building, an inspector red-tagged the top floor while the bottom floor was yellow-tagged, allowing business owners limited access.

Brand Boulevard between California and Wilson was temporarily closed over concern that parts of the building could collapse. The busy street has since been reopened.

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