VIDEO: Dramatic dry brush fire that broke out in Sylmar narrowly missed neighborhood residences


The rapid intervention of firefighters prevented the fire from reaching the houses.

Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

A dramatic dry brush fire started Thursday afternoon in Sylmar with flames threatening to reach a nearby neighborhood of residences, prompting a massive response from firefighters on the ground and from a helicopter.

The fire was reported shortly before 2:00 p.m. near the 15000 block of West Lakeside Streetaccording to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

No injuries to residents or damage to structures have been reported so far.

Authorities said that, at 3:34 p.m., the progress of the fire had been stopped in approximately 25 acres, with no damage to houses.

Desperate, the residents themselves they were trying to douse the flames with water from garden hoses as the fire dangerously approached their residences.

An LAFD helicopter could be seen dropping water at the scene of the fire as firefighters attacked the flames with fire hoses.

Around 3:00 p.m., firefighters seemed to control the fire, since most of the flames were extinguished before reaching the homes.

Authorities said more than 100 LAFD firefighters had battled to control the flames.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, authorities said.

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Source-laopinion.com