Fire Damages Karaoke Club, Restaurant in Koreatown: LAFD

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A blaze that broke out at two Koreatown businesses burned for about an hour before firefighters were able to put it out early Friday morning.

Jam Club, a live-band karaoke bar, and eatery Kokio Chicken on the 3900 block of West Sixth Street, near Western Avenue, both suffered damage in the fire, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire started shortly before 2 a.m. in the office area of Kokio Chicken before spreading up the wall and extending into an attic space that connects with the karaoke venue, said Erik Scott, a public information officer for the Fire Department.

Firefighters had earlier indicated it sparked in Jam.  Once inside the club, it charred the venue's second floor before extending into an attic space, officials said.

The flames were contained to those two spaces in the six-unit commercial structure, which extends halfway across the block. It had been a difficult task because all six businesses share an attic, Scott said.

"Flames can rapidly spread horizontally throughout that common attic, and firefighters did a great job halting those flames to where the bulk of the damage was to this chicken restaurant, and some damage to the corner unit which was a karaoke bar," he said.

Most damage at Jam was actually related to fire crews having to cut holes in its roof to provide access and release gas and flames, Scott added.

Nearly 90 firefighters ultimately responded to contain the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

Fire investigators are now working to determine what caused the fire and the cost of the damage.

No further details were available.

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