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A fire engulfed a vacant theater building Wednesday in Hollywood, destroying the building and sending a thick plume of smoke into the air, and a person of interest was detained for questioning, authorities said.

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, preventing the flames from spreading to other structures, the LAFD reported.

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. The fire was extinguished about two hours after it began, the LAFD reported.

Traffic was routed away from the area as a precaution, and the cause of the fire was under investigation. No injuries were reported.

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