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An electrical fire damaged a five-story residential building in Panorama City Friday, but no one was hurt.

The fire began about 4 a.m. near an electrical panel in the building, and spread to the outside as well as inside the walls at 8525 N. Tobias Ave. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees were summoned to turn off the power in order to allow fire crews to battle the flames that were moving vertically inside the walls.

The building has two separate power systems that allowed the power to be shut off to the affected panel feeding the south side of the building while allowing power to remain available on the north, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

It took 92 firefighters one hour and 47 minutes to extinguish the flames, Stewart said. No injuries were reported.

“The building has 287 units (and) at least 24 will lose power,” Stewart said. “The fire extended up the walls of the building and damaged six units. Five of those units will not be habitable.”

LADWP crews were sent to restore power, and Red Cross personnel were sent to assist nine residents displaced by the fire — eight adults and a child, Stewart said. LAFD Arson investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire.

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