Six residents suffered minor injuries, four units were damaged and two tenants were rescued from a balcony at a Valley Village apartment complex that caught fire Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Rescue workers used a ladder to save the two tenants from the burning building located at 5260 Bellingham Ave. (map).
"Those are just material things that can be replaced," said Robin Nemany, who was rescued by firefighters along with his mother MaryAnn. "I'm here, that's all that matters."
It took 171 firefighters about 83 minutes to knock down the stubborn blaze at the 70,000-square-foot building. The fire started about 10 a.m. in a third-floor unit and then spread to the fourth floor.
The apartment complex was not equipped with sprinklers, according to the incident commander; however it did have smoke detectors.
Six people were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. Four apartment units were damaged.