Woman and dog die in Sherman Oaks apartment fire

SHERMAN OAKS — One person was found dead early Wednesday morning in an apartment fire in Sherman Oaks.

Firefighters responded at 4:23 a.m. to a three-story garden-style apartment at 5259 Sepulveda Blvd., where they found flames burning in a unit, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Bastman.

The victim and a dog were found inside the unit, Bastman said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire started in a second-floor unit and spread throughout the apartment complex. About 20 residents were evacuated from the apartment building according to media reports.

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Fox 11 is reporting the person who was found dead was a woman.

It took 29 firefighters 15 minutes to put out the fire.

No other firefighter or civilian injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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