Three men suffered severe burns in a fire Monday afternoon at a commercial building in Canoga Park.
Two of the men were in critical condition, firefighters said. The third individual was in serious condition.
Smoke could be seen for miles around as it billowed out of the one-story building, which firefighters said appeared to be a marijuana grow operation. The fire was reported around 12:30 p.m. in the 8400 block of North Canoga Avenue.
“The name and nature of the company or companies involved in the damaged structure, and their legal status to operate, have yet to be determined,” LAFD said in a statement.
Los Angeles firefighters returning from an emergency in an ambulance were the first to report the flames. Explosions could come from inside the building, firefighters said.
At least part of the building’s roof collapsed and fire crews were in defensive mode, fighting the flames from outside the building and trying to stop them from spreading to nearby businesses. Firefighters from at least four ladder trucks sprayed the fire with water.
The blaze was extinguished in about 75 minutes, the LAFD said.
Canoga Avenue was closed between Roscoe Boulevard and Parthenia Street.