More Than 170 Firefighters Battle Large Fire at Food Processing Plant in South Los Angeles

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Firefighters battled a large fire at a food processing building in South Los Angeles for three hours on Monday evening, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

A fire ripped through a commercial building in South L.A. on April 3, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The fire was reported at a one-story building located at 4020 S. Compton Ave. around 8:08 p.m. LAFD said the fire started in the kitchen area of the building, but flames quickly spread to the duct work, roof and attic of the building.

"We think it's a meat processing plant as well as a storage facility," LAFD's Peter Sanders told KTLA. "We think half of the building has been involved with fire at this point."

More than 170 firefighters were on scene as of 10:00 p.m.

Some explosions were heard and were likely propane tanks on forklifts inside the plant, LAFD officials said in a released statement.

Two hazardous material task forces were also on scene working to identify the chemicals in and around the structure.

LAFD declared the fire had been knocked down at about 11:07 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Arson investigators were on scene to determine the case of the fire.

No other information was released.

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