Fire Monday damaged one unit at a two-story apartment building in the Harvard Heights community of Los Angeles and one person at the scene was hospitalized with complaints of minor respiratory distress.

Firefighters dispatched at 6:29 a.m. to the 2200 block of West Venice Boulevard had the fire out within 15 minutes of their arrival, said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“Firefighters helped residents evacuate, as they advanced hose lines into the unit, including evacuating one resident who is paralyzed and could not self-evacuate,” Prange said. “Firefighters on the roof cut a hole over the fire unit as fire attack companies extinguished the fire below.”

The cause of the fire was under investigation. The 7,500-square feet, two-story, center-hallway apartment building was built in 1959, he said.

The Red Cross has been notified to assist displaced residents.

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