Firefighters needed more than an hour and 45 minutes Saturday morning to extinguish a stubborn rubbish fire that spread into a large storage building in downtown Los Angeles.

Crews responded to a 30-foot-by-200-foot building in the 300 block of 18th Street, near Maple Avenue, under the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, at 12:41 a.m. and located the fire inside and outside the building, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire inside the building was held in check by sprinklers and quickly extinguished, but produced enough smoke to likely be seen from the freeway overpass, she said.

Outside the building, firefighters discovered eight metal storage containers with large amounts of cardboard on top and fire burning above and inside an undetermined number of the containers, Stewart said.

A total of 83 firefighters were able to extinguish the flames and knock down of the rubbish fire was reported at 2:27 a.m., but crews “will continue to pull out all debris off the top of the storage containers and go through each one to ensure no hot spots remain,” Stewart said. That operation was expected to continue throughout the morning.

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

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