SUN VALLEY ( — More than 160 firefighters Monday knocked down a blaze at a commercial building in Sun Valley in about two hours.

The fire was reported around 5:09 p.m. at a vacant structure in the 9400 block of Telfair Avenue. It was extinguished around 7 p.m.

“The call came from a passerby who noticed smoke coming from the building. A very quick response from…firefighters on the scene. A very heavy fireload. A lot of commercial property inside,” said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

The temperature in Sun Valley was 95 degrees, which Humphrey said created issues for the crews.

One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. He’s expected to recover.

“One of the problems we have is not only the heat from the fire, but also the ambient temperature,” Humphrey said.

Cardboard and chemicals were inside the facility, which used to manufacture plastic, according to resident Monica Perez.

Hazmat crews were brought in to determine whether fluid leaking from the building was toxic.


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