Thick smoke billowed over a Hawthorne neighborhood Wednesday morning as firefighters battled a house fire.
The fire was reported in the 4700 block of West 136th Street.
Firefighters were forced into defensive mode due to the dangerous structural conditions inside the house.
Details about how the fire started were not immediately available. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
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The fire was reported just before 9 a.m. It continued to burn late Wednesday morning, and a hazardous materials crew was called to the scene.
Several animals were located on the property.
Firefighters protected nearby homes from flames.
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