Apartment fire in East Los Angeles
The apartment fire in East Los Angeles. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Firefighters worked to extinguish a fire that tore through a five-story housing complex under construction in East Los Angeles Wednesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the area of Rowan Avenue and First Street about 1 a.m. and encountered heavy fire coming from the complex, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Video from the scene showed the entire structure engulfed in flames.

A total of 150 firefighters were on scene, the department said.

The building, which had been under construction for 18 months, was supposed to house low-income veterans, the construction superintendent told CBS2. It was three months from being completed and was being planned and managed by a nonprofit group.

How the fire started was not immediately determined.

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