Flames Engulf Downtown Fabric Business

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — An investigation is underway into a fire that raced through a commercial building in downtown Los Angeles early Thursday.

commercial-fireThe blaze broke out shortly after 2 a.m. at 710 E. 7th Street, near Towne Avenue.

The 150 x 50 structure housed some kind of fabric wholesaler, said Cmdr. Emile Mack, of the LAFD.

Firefighters began an aggressive interior attack, but becasue of the volume of combustibles inside the building, the fire quickly gained ground.

Flames shot through the roof, and fire crews were forced to pull back into a defensive mode, using ladder trucks to douse the blaze.

After they knocked down the bulk of the fire, they re-started their interior attack with hand hoses.

No firefighters were injured in the effort.

Over 100 firefighters from 18 companies were at the scene, along with five ambulances, according to Mack.

He said that firefighters were able to save the business’ front office.

Arson investigators are now working to determine the cause of the fire. There was no damage estimate immediately available.

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