4 Firefighters Injured in Los Angeles Blaze

LOS ANGELES --

Four firefighters and a civilian suffered non-life-threatening injuries Monday in a fire that burned through the roof of a two-story commercial building in North Hollywood, authorities said.

Firefighters sent to the 5300 block of North Lankershim Boulevard about 7:15 a.m. found flames burning between floors and in the attic area, said Ron Myers of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

About 8 a.m., firefighters determined that it was too dangerous to battle the flames from inside the building and went into a "defensive mode" outside the structure, Myers said, but they re-entered the building around 8:30 a.m.

Four firefighters suffered minor smoke inhalation and were transported for hospital treatment, as was another person, who suffered minor smoke inhalation and burns, Myers said.

The cause of the blaze, which was extinguished about 9:30 a.m., was under investigation, Myers said.

A damage estimate was not immediately released.

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