VAN NUYS ( — Firefighters were battling a large fire that tore through a multi-story structure in the Van Nuys area.

The blaze broke out about 2 p.m. in the 6400 block of N. Sepulveda Boulevard and caused a large plume of smoke to be visible across the San Fernando Valley.

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Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said that defensive operations were underway.

The fire was declared contained and knocked down at 5:23 pm, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

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No civilians or firefighters were injured.

All but one lane of Sepulveda Blvd between Victory and Kitridge have been reopened.

This is a breaking news report. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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