2 LAFD captains, 1 other firefighter injured during Encino home blaze

Firefighters battle a blaze at a large Encino home.
(KTLA-TV Channel 5)

A Los Angeles Fire Department captain was injured in a fall Wednesday evening as about 100 firefighters battled a huge blaze raging at a home in Encino, according to preliminary information from an agency spokesman.

The captain was transported to a hospital, LAFD spokesman Erik Scott told The Times. A second captain and another firefighter were also injured and taken to hospitals.

All three received injuries that were not life-threatening, the LAFD said.

Flames tore through the roof of the three-story home and thick clouds of smoke billowed into the sky as firefighters battled the blaze, according to television news footage.


Firefighters were cutting a hole in the roof to let smoke and hot air out of the building, the news footage showed.

The six-bedroom Tudor-style house is in the 4400 block of Balboa Avenue in the hills northeast of the Encino Reservoir, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported. A tennis court was next to the home, which was at the end of a long private driveway, aerial video showed.

The home is at the end of a cul-de-sac in a hilly area of similar upscale residences. The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

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