John Savageau assisted with this story
Burbank Firefighters received a call of a possible house fire on the 700 block of East Palm at 2:27 Wednesday afternoon.
According to Captain Peter Hendrickson, Burbank Fire Department Public Information Officer, there were two elderly individuals in the front unit when the fire broke out, and both escaped without injury. Burbank Police joined firefighters in a room-to-room search to ensure no additional people remained in the building. Police then started to evacuate the nearby apartments.
Firemen quickly upgraded the call to a 2nd alarm and began flooding the residence with water, they had to leave the inside when the roof began to collapse in areas. It took firefighters over two hours to declare a knockdown of the flames at 4:43 pm.
Firefighters had to also battle weather conditions to make sure winds did not blow embers to nearby structures and high temperatures also made it tough for firefighters to stay hydrated during the incident.
Damage estimates were $400,000 to the structure and $30,000 to the contents inside.
Investigators were called to the scene but have still not determined a cause for the fire at this time. There were no injuries reported.