Juvenile Hall Evacuated, Freeway Closed Due to Blaze in San Fernando Valley

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A brush fire erupted Thursday night in Sylmar, shutting down freeways and prompting evacuations, including nearly 300 children housed at a juvenile hall, officials said.

The Saddleridge Fire is estimated to have burned through 100 acres, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The children are being evacuated in county transport vehicles and will be taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey, Public Information Officer Kerri Webb said. 

The blaze also shut down the 210 Freeway where it meets the 5 Freeway in Sylmar.

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So far, no structures have been lost, but people in surrounding homes were evacuated around 9:55 p.m.

The fire was reported just after 9 p.m. off the westbound Foothill or 210 Freeway, near Yarnell Street and Saddle Ridge Road, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The flames jumped over the 210 Freeway from the westbound to the eastbound side.

Drivers attempted to get off the freeway by going the opposite way, and were able to get off with the help of California Highway Patrol.

City News Service contributed to this report. Refresh this page for updates.

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