San Fernando Rescue Mission homeless shelter damaged in fire

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The San Fernando Rescue Mission homeless shelter in North Hollywood was significantly damaged by a fire overnight, displacing its 21 residents

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found heavy fire showing from a pallet yard next door, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott tells KPCC. In the middle of that pallet yard, there was a metal corrugated building on fire, and the flames affected nearby buildings — including spreading to the shelter.

The fire destroyed the mission's residences along with its thrift stores and food preparation area, according to the Associated Press.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at Pacoima's Branford Recreation Center to assist those affected by the fire, according to a Red Cross press release.

It took firefighters about 90 minutes to douse the fire, according to the AP. The fire remains under investigation.

This story has been updated.