A greater-alarm fire broke out Friday in a commercial building in the Pico-Robertson area of Los Angeles, and firefighters went into a defensive mode and prevented the flames from spreading to other structures.

The fire was reported in the 9000 block of West Pico Boulevard about 11:30 a.m., said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“There are numerous windows with bars and closed doors which need to be opened for entry/exit needs,” Stewart said in a statement.

By early Friday afternoon, the roof of the building had partially collapsed, and firefighters went into a defensive mode, pouring water onto the outside of the structure. Shortly before 2 p.m., Stewart said a firefighter had been taken to a hospital with a “non-life-threatening heat-related illness.”

“After a long defensive battle, firefighters made good progress and are now working to hit any remaining hot spots,” she said. “No other structures were damaged.

“There is a single-family dwelling to the rear of the fire building with an elderly couple at home,” she said. “A rescue ambulance stayed with the couple and sheltered inside their home to ensure they were safe from any smoke exposure. There was no fire risk to the structure but extra caution was taken to ensure their well-being due to smoke. No smoke was present in the home and the couple did not require medical care.”

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