Firefighters Wednesday were working to extinguish a blaze at a Van Nuys commercial building.

Los Angeles Fire Department crews were sent to the building, located at 7056 Van Nuys Blvd., at about 2:45 p.m., according to the department’s Margaret Stewart.

The LAFD upgraded the fire to a greater alarm response just after 3 p.m., and ground crews diverted traffic from the area after the facade of the burning building collapsed.

The LAFD also shut off power in the area as a precaution, which caused elevators in a nearby assisted living facility to become stuck. Firefighters were sent to that facility to handle the situation caused by the loss of power, Stewart said.

The fire department announced just before 4:40 p.m. that the fire had been contained to the building of origin, though ground crews were still working to extinguish the flames.

One firefighter was evaluated and taken to a hospital for a non-life-threatening medical complaint. No other injuries were reported in the fire.

The public was advised to avoid the area as firefighting efforts were conducted.

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