It took firefighters 24 minutes to put out heavy flames Monday morning in a two-story apartment building in the Vermont Knolls area of Los Angeles.

The fire was reported at 5:23 a.m. at 1015 W. 85th St., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Margaret Stewart.

It engulfed a second floor apartment, Stewart said. Flames were visible through the roof via the attic on two sides of the building.

The blaze was given Greater Alarm status and up to 78 firefighters were assigned, but the first arriving units were able to put out the flames before additional resources arrived, she said.

No injuries were reported and surrounding structures were protected from the flames, Stewart said.

The American Red Cross said seven families were impacted by the fire. Volunteers with the organization helped coordinate emergency aid for them, including financial help for food and lodging.

Building inspectors have been summoned to determine which tenants, if any, can return and when.

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