Fire crews battled a blaze tonight that broke out in a small office building next to the 101 Freeway in Echo Park, the Los Angeles Fire Department reports. Flames and a thick column of dark smoke shot through the roof of the commercial building at the corner of Belmont Avenue and Palo Alto Street at the Union Street onramp. It took about 125 firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish the fire, which began at about 10 p.m.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined but L.A. Now reports that may have begun in some vegetation outside of the building.
Onlookers crowded on to nearby streets and a pedestrian bridge over the freeway to watch the flames as southbound traffic continue to flow past the burning building.
* Update at 11:37 p.m.: All of the firefighters who were examined for injuries are fine and returned to the firefight, reports LAFD.
Car Title Loans was one of the tenants of the building.
Fire as seen from Echo Park Avenue. Photo by Jennifer Blair
Onlookers from a freeway pedestrian bridge.
- Fire consumes business near freeway in Echo Park. NBC LA
- 5 firefighters hurt in blaze tearing through Echo Park building, CBS2
- Fire in Echo Park commercial building commercial building takes nearly two hours to contain. Patch
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