Firefighters battle massive commercial fire in LA

More than a 100 firefighters responded to the blaze; part of the structure collapsed in the fire


By Matt Hamilton
The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — More than 100 Los Angeles firefighters were battling a massive blaze Thursday night in Boyle Heights.

The fire was reported in a one-story commercial building about 7:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of South Soto Street, said Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. 

Photo Courtesy of @PeterSandersLA Twitter
Photo Courtesy of @PeterSandersLA Twitter

The crescent-shaped building occupies about 70,000 square-feet, and part of the structure had collapsed by 8:30 p.m., Scott said.

Footage broadcast on KCAL-TV Channel 9 showed flames tearing through the building, sending a plume of black smoke into the night sky.

Firefighters mounted tractor trailers parked near the building in order to spray water into the raging blaze.

It's unclear what caused the fire. No injuries were reported.

LAFD officials were working with the Department of Water and Power to ensure that firefighters had adequate water pressure, Scott said. The DWP was also assisting in response to possible downed power lines, he added.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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