WOODLAND HILLS (CBSLA.com) — A pricey Woodland Hills three-story home collapsed Saturday evening after being engulfed by flames.
The home, surrounded by brush, was located in the 5200 block of Calatrana Drive.
The blaze was reported just before 8 p.m.
Within a half hour, the blaze was declared an “emergency situation,” per fire officials.
More than 150 firefighters managed to escape the structure just before it collapsed.
Fire officials said embers from the home flew onto nearby properties. Water-dropping helicopters were employed to keep the embers from spreading, reported Brittney Hopper for CBS2.
The cause of the fire, just north of the Woodland Hills Country Club, is unknown and remains under investigation.
Hopper spoke to a woman named Lisa whose home is directly below the collapsed residence.
“I was walking my dogs out in front and the house was all in flames. The entire structure appeared to be in flames within just a few minutes and it was a tri-level home … it was very close to my backyard,” Lisa said.
Hopper asked her what was racing through her mind.
“I ran back to get my son out of the house, I ran and got valuables and other essentials. It was very close, very scary,” Lisa said.
The fire was declared knocked down at 9:18 p.m., according to Katherine Main of the LA Fire Department.
No injuries were reported.