Panorama City fire
Thirty people were displaced in the aftermath of a fire that broke out at a two-story apartment building in Panorama City, injuring two firefighters and a resident. Photo OnScene.TV

Thirty people were displaced Friday in the aftermath of a fire that broke out at a two-story apartment building in Panorama City, injuring two firefighters and a resident, authorities said.

The blaze at 9010 Cedros Ave. was reported by a passerby about 9:15 p.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Eighty-nine firefighters responded to the 18-unit building and knocked down the flames in 32 minutes, the LAFD reported

Crews forced their way into apartments and searched on their hands and knees for possible victims, according to the fire department.

Broadcast video showed the front of the building engulfed in flames at one point, but by 9:45 p.m. the bulk of the fire appeared to have been knocked down.

A female apartment occupant suffered a minor injury, while one firefighters was hospitalized for treatment of an eye injury and another for minor facial burns, according to the LAFD.

The fire swept through three apartments and left five others damaged, said fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey, adding that 19 adults and 11 children were displaced and are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross this morning.

Damages were being tabulated this morning. Humphrey said firefighters prevented nearly $1.5 million in damage by protecting 50 apartments from the fire.

—Staff and wire reports

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