Four adults and four children were without homes after a condo fire damaged three units in Sylmar early Monday, but firefighters are crediting smoke alarms with alerting dozens of residents of the complex who were able to escape the blaze.
Firefighters responded to the fire around 2 a.m. in the 14300 block of Foothill Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
One unit was well involved in flames when firefighters arrived. Residents were able to get out of their homes safely.
"The smoke detectors activated and it warned the occupants of the house," Battalion Chief Mark Akahoshi said.
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More than 80 firefighters battled the blaze, which extended to the ceilings of two other units and attic space. The fire was extinguished in about 50 minutes.
Officials said a firefighter suffered a facial injury and was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. A resident asked paramedics to look at a burn on his foot. He was not taken to a hospital.
Red Cross workers were temporarily housing the 8 people displaced in the fire.
The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.
"It might have started in the kitchen, but (the investigation) on going right now," Akahoshi said.
Digital Producer Kelly Goff contributed to this report.