A suspect barricades himself in the burning building on Sherman Way

VAN NUYS, Calif. — A fire broke out Monday morning as a SWAT team surrounded an apartment building in Van Nuys where an assault suspect was locked up, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Several animals were injured or died in the fire, which caused extensive damage to the building.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, but the barricaded suspect was eventually taken into custody and hospitalized with burns. Some residents of the complex were evacuated and some were asked to shelter in place amid the chaos.

The fire was reported late Monday morning at the three-story building in the 14300 block of West Sherman Way, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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Officers were called to the scene around 7:15 a.m. to take a suspect into custody, and a standoff ensued, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

“Crews at the scene of a law enforcement wait noticed smoke, then fire, coming from a third-floor unit of a three-story apartment building in the central hallway at 11:40 a.m. , and upgraded the assignment to structural fire response,” according to Nicholas Prange, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. “Forty-two firefighters engaged in a fire attack to contain the blaze to the original unit and extinguish the flames within 24 minutes, but the smoke and water damage was more extensive than the fire damage. fire. Firefighters helped some residents evacuate and asked others to shelter in place.”

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According to Prange, two cats were killed in the fire and a dog suffered from smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under active investigation, he added.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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