LAFD Quickly Knocks Down Fire at Downtown L.A. Apartment Building

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A fire at an apartment complex sent black smoke towering above downtown Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon.

Los Angeles firefighters quickly knocked down a fire limited to the courtyard of a downtown apartment building on Jan. 28, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)
Los Angeles firefighters quickly knocked down a fire limited to the courtyard of a downtown apartment building on Jan. 28, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The fire was reported at 2:44 p.m. at 130 S. Hewitt St., according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Multiple people on Twitter said they heard an explosion, and LAFD confirmed it received those reports.

Video recorded by a witness showed a scary, sudden blast as smoke and flames rose from the fire.

A “tar pot/propane explosion” occurred during a roofing operation, with the fire limited to the courtyard, Stewart said, also saying the building was five stories and under construction.

Seventy-five firefighters had the blaze knocked down in 20 minutes. No injuries were reported.

The fire was in the northeast part of downtown, a few blocks from the First Street Bridge.

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