A fire engulfed a vacant theater building Wednesday in Hollywood, destroying the building and sending a thick plume of smoke into the air.
Firefighters were sent to the 1400 block of North Las Palmas Avenue about 9 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.
The fire burned through the roof of the two-story building, and firefighters went into a defensive mode, working to prevent the flames from spreading to other structures.
Crews appeared to have gained the upper hand on the flames after about an hour, although the blaze continued to burn and at least some of the building collapsed.
Traffic was routed away from the area as a precaution. No injuries were immediately reported.