8 firefighters injured battling large Venice fire

AP News
Posted: Oct 26, 2014 12:22 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say eight firefighters were injured after battling a large and extremely hot fire that engulfed a storage facility in Venice.

Los Angeles fire spokesman Brian Humphrey says more than 300 firefighters battled the blaze at the Extra Space Storage facility into the early hours Sunday, after it broke out around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Humphrey says three firefighters were taken to the hospital and expected to be released. None had life-threatening injuries.

The building's metal roof made it difficult for heat and smoke to escape. Firefighters cut holes in the roof and broke windows to try to ventilate the structure.

Combustible items packed inside the storage units fueled the flames and created extremely hot and smoky conditions.

Humphrey says debris was still smoldering midmorning Sunday and the cause under investigation.