Facade of Van Nuys warehouse collapses as more than 85 firefighters battle blaze

Fire crews are battling a large warehouse fire in Van Nuys as flames have compromised at least one wall and caused a facade to collapse Wednesday afternoon.

More than 85 firefighters were assigned to the blaze at 7056 N. Van Nuys Blvd., which was first reported at 2:44 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters were using defensive tactics by 3:02 p.m., according to the department.

The main building’s facade collapsed, according to a 3:20 p.m. incident update, but firefighters had already established a 30-foot collapse zone and no injuries were reported.

There are exposed structures on the north and south sides of the building, and the structural integrity of a wall on the south side was compromised, though it had not collapsed as of 3:20 p.m., according to the Fire Department.

“Traffic will remain heavily impacted on Van Nuys Boulevard between Vose [Street] and Sherman Way,” firefighters said. “Commuters are advised to avoid the area and use the numerous alternate routes available.”

Further updates were not immediately available.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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