Dec 8, 2014 8:38 AM

Crews battle 2 large fires in Los Angeles

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) Crews battled two large fires in Los Angeles early Monday, including a massive one downtown that closed portions of two major freeways and blanketed the area in ash and heavy smoke.

More than 250 firefighters fought the downtown blaze that was sparked at a construction site around 1:20 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said. Flames consumed the 7-story wood-framed structure and damaged three floors of an adjacent high-rise before being brought under control within 90 minutes. Portions of U.S. Route 101 and Interstate 110 were shut down for a time over fears that debris might fall into lanes.

No injuries were reported. The burned structure was planned to be a tall residential building.

Shortly after 4 a.m. another fire was reported at a mixed-use building about 2 miles to the west. More than 100 firefighters from multiple agencies responded and had the flames under control in less than two hours, according to Chief Deputy Mario D. Rueda.

One person in a nearby apartment building was treated for minor smoke inhalation, he said.

Around 10 businesses were housed in the two-story building in the Westlake district and portions of it were being renovated for residential use.

There were no indications the two incidents were connected, Terrazas said.


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