A fire tore through a Van Nuys motel, Feb. 14, 2016. Courtesy of OnScene.TV
A fire tore through a Van Nuys motel, Feb. 14, 2016. Courtesy of OnScene.TV

Firefighters Sunday afternoon poured water on a “major emergency fire” that tore through a vacant two-story Van Nuys apartment building that was converted into a motel.

The blaze was reported just after 2 p.m. at 6500 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in a building that had been converted into the Voyager Motor Inn, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The motel was closed and vacant at the time of the fire, which engulfed the building.

Nearly 150 firefighters responded, Humphrey said. They were in “defensive operations,” fighting the fire from outside the structure and working to keep the flames from spreading to adjacent buildings.

City police and Department of Transportation crews were requested to block busy Sepulveda Boulevard, a half block north of Victory Boulevard.

Smoke was visible from across the San Fernando Valley, and fire engines were rushed from other parts of the city to cover Van Nuys-area fire stations.

No injuries were immediately reported.

–City News Service

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