A woman was seriously injured when her vehicle crashed into a Venice apartment building and caught fire early Saturday, Jan. 15, fire officials said. A resident who was inside the apartment at the time of the crash was not injured.
A spokesman at the Los Angeles Police Department West Traffic division said that based on statements by the driver and evidence collected at the scene, the crash has not been ruled an accident.
Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters were called shortly after 5 a.m. to Main Street and Venice Way in Venice, where a vehicle had crashed through a three-story apartment building, LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said. The female driver, who suffered serious injuries and was inside the vehicle as it caught fire, was removed and transported to a local hospital in fair condition, fire officials said.
The fire was extinguished in about 17 minutes.
Firefighters used a large, heavy rescue apparatus to remove the vehicle from the building, Scott said. An LAFD urban search and rescue team and building and safety representatives were also called to ensure the stability of the structure following the collision, he said.