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Firefighters Battle Commercial Fire in DTLA

Firefighters battled a commercial fire that broke out in a building in downtown Los Angeles that burned for more than two hours before firefighters were able to extinguish the flames Friday night.

NBC4’s Alpha Newschopper was over the fire at around 8:20 p.m.

Nearly 100 firefighters responded to battle the blaze, but by 8:36 p.m., they had to pull out because of the building’s “deteriorating conditions,” Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman, Margaret Stewart said.

At about 10 p.m., Stewart said firefighters had made enough progress to move back inside the building.

“This move is needed, so they can reach the remaining pockets of fire inaccessible by the master streams from the outside,” Stewart said.

A total of 109 firefighters battled the flames and a knock down was called at 10:12 p.m., she said.

One firefighter sustained a heat-related illness and was taken to a hospital in fair condition, Stewart said.

Arson investigators were sent to the scene per protocol for a greater alarm fire, Stewart said.

It is believed that the fire started in the exterior of the building and eventually moved into the nearest building.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Source: NBC Los Angeles

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