Firefighters Battle Greater-Alarm Blaze at Commercial Building in Boyle Heights

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Firefighters battled a greater-alarm structure fire at a commercial building in Boyle Heights on Thursday that sent huge flames and black smoke high into the air.

Firefighters battle an greater-alarm fire in Boyle Heights on March 10, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)
Firefighters battle an greater-alarm fire in Boyle Heights on March 10, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The fire was reported around 7:45 p.m. at 1566 S. Rio Vista Ave., according to Erik Scott with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Fire officials had initially reported the address as 1604 S. Soto St.

Aerials from the scene showed enormous flames shooting up from the 70,000 square-foot single-story building.

While some firefighters were using large hose streams on the initial blaze, others could be seen providing structure protection to nearby buildings, the video showed.

The fire was burning at a sing-floor building on Soto Street in Boyle Heights. (Credit: KTLA)
The fire was burning at a single-floor building on Soto Street in Boyle Heights. (Credit: KTLA)

Scott called the blaze a “defensive firefight,” adding that the 150 firefighters at the scene were met by multiple challenges.

“A portion of an exterior wall on the front side of the structure collapsed, and ultimately, the roof caved in due to extensive fire damage throughout the structure,” Scott stated in a news release.

There was also a potential threat of falling powerlines, he said.

The fire was officially called a knockdown around 10 p.m., but firefighters were expected to remain at the scene throughout the night.

No injuries had been reported. The cause of the fire was unknown.

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