A greater alarm fire broke out Friday evening in a building in downtown Los Angeles and burned for more than two hours before firefighters were able to extinguish the flames.
The fire was reported about 8 p.m. in a one-story building in the 800 block of South San Julian Street, near Eighth Street, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Nearly 100 firefighters responded to battle the blaze, but by 8:36 p.m., they had to pull out because of the building’s “deteriorating conditions,” Stewart said.
About 10 p.m., Stewart said firefighters had made enough progress to move back inside the building.
“This move is needed so they can reach the remaining pockets of fire inaccessible by the master streams from the outside,” Stewart said.
A total of 109 firefighters battled the flames and a knock down was called at 10:12 p.m., she said.
One firefighter sustained a heat-related illness and was taken to a hospital in fair condition, Stewart said.
Arson investigators were sent to the scene per protocol for a greater alarm fire, Stewart said.
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