Fire damaged a vacant commercial building in the Harvard Heights area of Los Angeles Monday, but no one was hurt.

Firefighters sent to the 2200 block of West Venice Boulevard at 11 a.m. extinguished the flames in the single-story building in 17 minutes, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire through the roof of the vacant commercial building, and a single family dwelling to the rear was exposed,” Stewart said in a statement.

“Crews immediately began forcible entry, cutting through steel bars and opening doors to gain access to the blaze within. Simultaneously, firefighters at the rear of the building defended the exposed building from damage, creating a wall of water between the flames and the structure.”

No one was inside the fire-damaged building, Stewart said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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