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A greater alarm fire in downtown Los Angeles near Chinatown was extinguished Wednesday in just under half an hour.

Firefighters were called at approximately 1:31 a.m. to 1500 N. Main St. where they began defensive operations at a vacant, one-story commercial building that was engulfed in flames, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Portions of the structure collapsed during the firefight, but 77 firefighters were able to get control of the flames in 29 minutes, authorities said.

Firefighters discovered evidence that the building, where another fire had occurred earlier, had been occupied without permission but no occupants were found inside, Humphrey said.

Fire crews will remain on scene to search the site and overhaul smoldering debris.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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