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Fire Destroys Hillside Home in Studio City

Seen from a side street below, white smokes rises after the fire was contained | Photo by Zach Behrens
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The Los Angeles Fire Department began receiving 911 calls from all over the city early this morning. In Universal City, a fire station said they could see a blaze to the west. A caller driving on the 101 Freeway reported a fire on the Santa Monica Mountains. From the air, a LAPD helicopter called it in.

Shortly before 12:30 a.m., the fire broke out at 3580 Avenida del Sol, a narrow street in the hills south of Ventura Boulevard and behind Harvard-Westlake School off Coldwater Canyon. 36 minutes later, the fire was knocked down, but the damage had been done -- the single story 2,051 square-foot home was destroyed. The good news, the fire department reported, was that the no one was harmed. An adjacent 833 square-foot building on the premises was spared.