LAFD Battles ‘Heavy’ Fire at Fabric Manufacturing Building in Boyle Heights

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Los Angeles Fire Department are shown at the scene of a commercial fire in Boyle Heights on October 14, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles Fire Department are shown at the scene of a commercial fire in Boyle Heights on October 14, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Approximately 130 Los Angeles firefighters battled a large fire at a fabric manufacturing property in Boyle Heights on Saturday night.

Authorities were called to the 1600 block of Soto Street around 6:43 p.m. where they found French Fabrics, a 300-foot by 400-foot commercial building, engulfed in flames, the Department said.

The Department initially reported the location of the fire to be in the 1500 block of South Rio Vista Avenue but later updated the address.

The fire was burning through the roof and firefighters were forced to conduct a defensive operation due to the heavy fire load and high voltage power lines nearby, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“This is a fabric, textile type of business and they have vast amounts of fire load inside of it,” said David Ortiz with the Department. “There was a lot of storage of those materials which meant that the amount of fire that was emitting from this building was too hot for firefighters to stay inside.”

Nearby exposures were damaged but firefighters were able to stop the spread of the fire, authorities added.

The fire was declared a knockdown around 8:58 p.m.

Residents can expect traffic delays on Soto Street between Washington Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard.

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