A major fire at a Los Angeles-area mall Saturday morning killed 17 cats and injured a firefighter.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a building fire in the 9000 block of West Venice Boulevard around 5:44 a.m. Saturday after a person walking through the area called 911 to report the blazes.
When the first 124 members of LAFD arrived at the address, they saw smoke coming from the center section of a one-story mall containing about a dozen stores.
In what is said to be an intense 73-minute firefight, crews raided many of the businesses in the building, including the CatPlaceLA cat boarding facility.
Firefighters removed 19 cats from the charred store, but 17 of them were reportedly without medical attention and died at the scene. The two remaining cats were transported to an emergency vet after crews were able to revive them.
The department said a firefighter suffered a “sudden illness” while battling the blaze and was taken to hospital in good condition for further evaluation.
There were no other injuries in the fire.
Although most of the building was filled with thick smoke due to a shared attic, most of the direct fire damage was limited to five businesses: a nail salon, a smoke shop, a martial arts studio, a staffing agency, and CatPlaceLA.
LAFD said none of the companies involved were equipped with operational sprinkler systems.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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