Firefighters worked Thursday to determine the cause of a stubborn fire in a vacant two-story medical supply building in West Los Angeles that took nearly 2 1/2 hours to extinguish.
The fire was reported at 7:51 p.m. Wednesday in the 11800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, near Westgate Avenue, in the Sawtelle area and the first crews to arrive spotted heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the building, according to Capt. Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“First arriving firefighters forced entry and commenced an aggressive, offensive attack inside the medical supply building,” Scott said. “However, due to the well-entrenched flames and that no occupants were inside, firefighters strategically transitioned into a defensive attack utilizing large hose streams to pour water from the outside in.”
Knockdown was declared at 10:15 p.m., the fire department said.
A total of 84 firefighters battled the flames, Scott said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
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