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Converted garage no place to live -- when it catches fire! Here's the story, from Mt Scott/Arleta

DAVID F. ASHTON - Soot above the upper window of this converted garage in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood shows where a fire briefly raged inside the structure. Neighbors were on the phone to the 9-1-1 Center on Thursday afternoon, March 28, and fire crews responded at 5:57 p.m., about the black smoke rising at 7106 S.E. Mitchell Street in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood.

Woodstock Fire Station 25's Ladder Truck arrived first, and reported to dispatchers that the blaze was actually in a detached structure – a garage which had been converted into a residential space.

PF&R Lents Station 11's Engine Company hooked up water lines and took an offensive fire attack, while other crews made sure there was nobody trapped in the structure.

At 6:15 p.m., the Battalion Chief declared that the fire had been extinguished; firefighters then went about putting out hot spots.

"This fire did not extend to the main structure," the Battalion Chief said at the scene. "There were no injuries."

The cause of this fire remains under investigation, and no loss figure has yet been reported.

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