SUN VALLEY (CBSLA) — Firefighters on Saturday battled a large house fire in Sun Valley — one firefighter lost his footing and fell off the roof during the firefight but wasn’t seriously hurt, officials said.
The fire all but destroyed a dwelling in the 11600 block of Cantara Street. (The fire was first reported to be occurring in the 8100 block of Troost Avenue.)
Firefighters got on the roof moments after arriving in an attempt to tent the roof but it was quickly apparent the fire was taking over most of the home.
The home belongs to a couple. They live in the residence with their child.
The effort then switched to containment and keeping the fire from jumping to nearby homes.
Firefighters appeared to get the upper hand in the one-story home after about 10 minutes. The fire appeared to stay inside the one home.
The blaze was declared a knock down after about 20 minutes — 22 minutes to be exact according to the LAFD. At least half a dozen firefighters were shown putting a hose on the flames.
A firefighter was captured losing his footing and falling off the roof but, fortunately, officials said he wasn’t injured seriously.
Nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.
The cause of the blaze remained under investigation, officials said.
No serious injuries were reported to civilians. Damage was limited to the one home, authorities said.
CBS2/KCAL9’s Laurie Perez reported from the scene where she spoke to a spokesperson for a group home that assists people with special needs just across the street. Some of the residents were shown on blankets when she came up to the scene but said the residents all appeared okay.
The spokesperson/manager for the home didn’t want to appear on camera but confirmed everyone was okay and accounted for.
The firefighter who apparently lost his footing and tumbled off the roof didn’t appear to be injured badly. Perez said, “he suffered only minor injuries. It looked, perhaps, worse than it was.”