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.

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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