Firefighters quickly quelled a small fire in the 700 block of South Main Street Sunday.
At 2:20 a.m., an outside fire spread into a restaurant structure at 764 S. Main St., according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The two story-building, constructed before 1933, was saved by 31 firefighters who extinguished the blaze within 14 minutes, Stewart said.
Anthony Lee, a security guard at the nearby 756 S. Spring St. building emerged to the street and saw plenty of activity before 4 a.m., Sunday morning.
“When I pulled up I saw the (fire) truck,” he said, describing the scene from the corner of Main and Eighth streets. “I saw them pulling out the hose to connect right here to the hydrant.”
Lee said he hadn’t noticed any flames, but could smell the smoke.
Los Angeles Fire Department crews deployed a ladder to investigate the situation on upper floors. A homeless person remained near a tent on the sidewalk while firefighters sprayed water onto a first-floor unit.
Another security guard described smoke pouring all the way to the back of the building.
Trash caught fire outside, but the incident proved to be minor, according to a firefighter disconnecting a hose from a hydrant at 4 a.m., adding that no injuries were reported.