Firefighter hospitalized, cats die in Culver City mall fire

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, several cats were killed in a large fire that broke out early Saturday morning at a Culver City mall home to a pet boarding house.

A firefighter who “fell ill during the intense firefight” was taken to the hospital “in good condition for observation,” the fire department said in a press release. No civilian injuries were reported.

The incident at 9000 W. Venice Blvd. was reported around 5:45 a.m. and it took firefighters 73 minutes to contain and extinguish the fire. A store called Cat Place LA is located in the mall.

According to the press release, three businesses in the single-story mall were directly affected by the “large emergency structure fire.”

Heavy smoke affected at least half a dozen neighboring businesses, including a cat boarding facility where several cats were rescued but others sadly died,” the release said. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

According to ABC7, 17 cats were killed in the fire and two were rescued and given medical attention.

“Cat Place LA is a cage-free luxury cat-only hotel,” the company’s website states. “Your beloved cat deserves the best treatment while you’re out of town.” Firefighter hospitalized, cats die in Culver City mall fire

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