170 firefighters battle blaze at Valley Village apartment complex

More than 170 firefighters battled a “major emergency” structure fire at a Valley Village apartment complex Wednesday, authorities said.

Firefighters first were called out to the 5200 block of Bellingham Avenue around 10 a.m. for a fire reported in a second-floor unit of a three-story apartment complex. They rescued two residents from a balcony with ladders, officials said in a statement.

Few details were available, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

[Updated 12:03 p.m.: Firefighters have since knocked down the blaze.]

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