PANORAMA CITY (CNS) – Five people were hospitalized today with injuries ranging from serious to moderate suffered when flames ripped through a four-story apartment building in Panorama City.

Firefighters responded at 7:25 a.m. to the building at 9010 N. Tobias Ave. and reported smoke showing out of the apartment building.

By 8:15 a.m., firefighters had extinguished the fire, which damaged 10 of about 200 apartment units, making those units unlivable, according to LAFD. The American Red Cross assisted 16 displaced residents.

A total of 11 people were evaluated and treated by paramedics. Five of them were taken to a hospital — one listed in serious condition and the others in fair to moderate condition — and the remaining six declined further care. LAFD also reported a dog found dead at the scene.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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