A dangerous blaze at a Chinatown food company building Wednesday forced firefighters back from the flames as the structure threatened to collapse.
Because of the “defensive operation” keeping firefighters outside and away from the massive inferno, no one was injured.
The blaze broke out around 12:35 a.m. at Hocean Food Corp. at 1417 N. Main St., said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“Additional firefighters were requested, as flames quickly burned through the roof and exposed an adjacent building. Firefighters began a defensive operation, pouring water from the exterior,” Scott said.
The incident commander warned firefighters that portions of the structure were showing signs of possible collapse and ordered firefighters to remain 20 feet from exterior walls during the firefight, Scott said. The Department of Building and Safety was requested to determine structural integrity, he added.
About 75 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Timothy Ernst, knocked down the fire in an hour and eight minutes, Scott said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the LAFD’s Arson Section, he said.
Losses resulting from the blaze at the one-story building were being tallied.
—City News Service
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