A fire gutted a dry cleaner business in South Los Angeles Wednesday, but no one was hurt.

The fire was reported in the 1700 block of West Florence Avenue, near Western Avenue, about 5:20 a.m., according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters encountered heavy fire through the roof of the building and quickly transitioned into a defensive mode, battling the flames from the exterior. The fire was extinguished in an hour and 35 minutes, Prange said.

“Firefighters initially made entry, but intense fire behavior drove them back out,” Prange said. “Using ladder pipes and large hand lines from the exterior, firefighters extinguished the fire and successfully protected nearby structures.”

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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