Structure Partially Collapses as Large Fire Tears Through Commercial Building in Huntington Park

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Firefighters knocked down a massive inferno that caused major damage to a multistory commercial building in Huntington Park on Wednesday morning.

The large blaze was reported just after 10:45 a.m. in the 2000 block of Belgrave Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

It sent up a tall column of thick grey smoke that was visible for miles across the Los Angeles area, Sky5 video showed.

More than 30 minutes into the firefight, orange flames could be still seen shooting out of the structure’s roof, which officials said had partially collapsed. A side wall also appeared to have collapsed, according to the aerial footage.

At one point, power lines were sparking in front of the structure.

“Extremely heavy conditions” forced crews to assume a defensive position after they worked to protect adjacent buildings and keep the fire confined to the structure.

The strategy worked, as the blaze was nearly extinguished by 11:30 a.m., Sky5 video showed.

The fire was declared a knockdown just before 1 p.m., the Fire Department tweeted.

“Extensive salvage and overhaul operations will continue throughout the afternoon as firefighters work to expose and extinguish isolated pockets of fire,” the tweet read. “Partial structural collapse will complicate this hazardous process.”

No other buildings appeared to have been damaged in the incident.

There were also no reports of injuries, according to the Fire Department.

It was not immediately clear what ignited the blaze; the cause is under investigation.

KTLA’s Brian Day contributed to this story. 

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