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North Hills apartment blaze damages part of building

Palm trees and part of a car port are seen on fire at an apartment building in North Hills on Thursday, July 19, 2012.

July 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A structure fire broke out at an apartment building in North Hills on Thursday afternoon.

Crews responded to the fire just after 5:30 p.m. at 8,000 block of Columbus Avenue at Chase Street, near Roscoe and Sepulveda boulevards.

The blaze appeared to be burning near a carport and several palm trees were seen in flames. Many residents escaped in their cars to prevent them from being destroyed.

There were no initial reports of injuries and cause of the fire was not immediately known.