Crews extinguished a blaze that broke out Tuesday at a two-story cold storage facility that was being demolished in downtown Los Angeles and briefly trapped a worker who escaped without injury.
The fire was reported at 1581 E. Industrial St. around 11:50 a.m. and the incident was escalated to “major emergency” status, with 130 firefighters responding to battle the blaze, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
LAFD officials said crews went into defensive mode, battling heavy fire from outside the building. The blaze were extinguished by 1 p.m., according to the department.
“Flames erupted within, briefly trapping a demolition worker, who was able to extricate himself from the building without injury,” LAFD said in an alert.
Aerial video from Sky5 showed thick grey smoke billowing from the roof of the structure.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no further details were available.