Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Battling a fire at a two-story vacant building, firefighters overcame heavy smoke and stubborn flames to extinguish the blaze with a defensive firefighting operation in downtown Los Angeles.

The fire was knocked down in less than two hours at 2:46 a.m., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Fire crews arrived at 12:51 a.m. to a vacant medical clinic at 1888 S. Main St. that Humphrey said was structurally unstable due to its construction of unreinforced masonry and where the fire was burning on the second floor.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital with an ankle injury, Humphrey said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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