An assault suspect barricaded himself in a Van Nuys apartment for several hours Monday, but was taken into custody when he suffered burn injuries in a fire that broke out in the unit where he was holed up.

Officers went to the 14300 block of West Sherman Way about 7:15 a.m. to investigate a report of an assault suspect at the location, but the man barricaded himself in the residence and a standoff ensued, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A SWAT team was sent to the scene, and the standoff continued for several hours, police said.

About 11:40 a.m., a fire was reported in the three-story building, and firefighters extinguished the flames in a third-floor unit in about 25 minutes, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

Authorities would not confirm circumstances of the fire, however, the flames were contained to a single unit and the assault suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of burns.

His name was not immediately available for release, and it was unclear what possible charges, if any, he would face.

“Several pets were affected (by the fire),” LAFD spokesman Nicholas Prange said in a statement. “At least two felines (are) deceased, others injured and fled, and one canine suffered smoke inhalation. Firefighters supported the canine until animal services arrived.”

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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