Firefighters put out Chatsworth mansion fire

Close to 100 firefighters from Los Angeles and Ventura Counties responded to an early-morning mansion fire in Chatsworth. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall says the crews put out the fire within a few hours, but not without problems.

Close to 100 firefighters from Los Angeles and Ventura Counties responded to an early-morning mansion fire in Chatsworth. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall says the crews put out the fire within a few hours, but not without problems.

Cheryl Devall: The L.A. County fire inspector said the house’s location inside a gated neighborhood didn’t help. Neither did low water pressure at the site, in an unincorporated part of Chatsworth just north of the 118 Freeway. One L.A. City firefighter broke his ankle and was taken to a Simi Valley hospital.

But the four people who lived inside the 10,000-square-foot home were able to get out unhurt. Flames damaged the roof of the three-story house, and destroyed the garage and the cars inside. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire that took about three hours to knock down.

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