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Fire in Toluca Lake destroys one building and damages a second structure

Fire destroys apartment building in Toluca Lake, damages a second. Three injuries reported.

Three people, including a firefighter, were injured in a fire Friday that destroyed a two-story apartment building and damaged a second building in the Toluca Lake area.

The fire broke out around 12:20 p.m. in the 4600 block of Riverton Avenue, according to Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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FOR THE RECORD

An earlier version of this post said the fire destroyed a two-story apartment building under construction. The building was being demolished.

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When firefighters arrived, they saw flames engulfing a two-story apartment building that was being demolished.

The flames spread next door to a pair of units in a three-story apartment building.  

"At that point, we went on the defensive," Stewart said.

The building being demolished was a "complete loss," she said. Additionally, a number of cars parked along the street were damaged or destroyed by the fire.

One woman suffered smoke inhalation and another person who jumped from an apartment unit suffered a minor burn injury. At least one firefighter was injured and was in stable condition at a hospital, according to the fire department.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Stewart said. 

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UPDATES

4:25 p.m.: This story has been updated to a report of damaged of vehicles.

2:11 p.m.: This story has been updated to report that a firefighter also was injured. 

This story was first published at 1:55 p.m.

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