LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six Los Angeles firefighters have been hurt, one seriously, when a roof collapsed during a Hollywood Hills house fire.

Roughly 75 city and county firefighters were dispatched to the North Viewsite Drive blaze at 11:19 p.m. Wednesday and the fire was extinguished about 95 minutes later.

Fire captain Jamie Moore tells KNX 1070 the most seriously injured firefighter, who was close to retirement, is “fighting for his life” after the property’s ceiling collapsed.

Deputy Chief Mario Rueda says the firefighters were battling the fire on the roof when the roof collapsed on the two-story cliff-side home. Firefighters on the roof and inside the home were hurt.

Four other firefighters, two each from Los Angeles city and county fire departments, were treated at a hospital and released. An LA city firefighter was admitted for a broken ankle, officials said.

Rueda says the fire appears to have started near a fireplace and moved into the attic.

Two people inside the home got out safely.

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Comments (6)
  1. Karen says:

    I send prayers and good energy to all of them, particularly the one who is fighting for his life. May God give you the strength.

  2. Jackie says:

    Well wishes to the injured firefighter, thanks for all you do!

  3. Rick says:

    God bless the firefighters and their familys in this tough time. My son is a firefighter and was hurt 3 weeks ago with an ambulance roll over. All of you know that you are, and will be supported by the FIRE FAMILY. God bless

  4. J.J. says:

    I appreciate what the the FD does for the community but is it wise to have a 61 year old batling a major fire with expectation of him rescuing vitims?

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