Blaze rips through motel in Van Nuys

ByLeanne Suter and staff KABC logo
Monday, February 15, 2016
Blaze rips through building in Van Nuys
Firefighters battled a blaze at the vacant Voyager Motor Inn motel in Van Nuys on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016.

VAN NUYS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Firefighters battled a blaze that broke out in a San Fernando Valley motel Sunday afternoon.

Authorities received a call at about 2 p.m. regarding reports of a structure fire in the 6400 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys.

Fire officials said the fire sparked at a two-story apartment building that had been converted to the Voyager Motor Inn motel.

The 45,094 square-foot building was originally constructed as apartments in 1964, according to the fire department.

Officials said the motel was closed and vacant at the time of the blaze. Residents in the neighborhood told ABC7 the motel had been closed about a month and they reported to the city that homeless people were staying in the building.

The fire department reported a fire at the same building within the last year. Fire officials said that fire was a case of arson and the blaze on Sunday is also being investigated as a case of arson.

More than 145 firefighters responded to the scene to battle the flames. Parts of the building collapsed and officials said strong winds made battling the fire difficult.

The fire department said it's believed that there were multiple areas of the building set on fire. The building will most likely be a total loss, according to authorities.

Fire officials said no injuries were reported. Sepulveda Boulevard was closed to traffic between Victory Boulevard and Kittridge Street while crews worked to put the fire out.