Firefighters Battle Greater Alarm Fire in East Los Angeles

EAST LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Firefighters today extinguished a fire that tore through a five-story housing complex under construction in East Los Angeles and also damaged a historic theater building and a house.

Firefighters responded to the area of Rowan Avenue and First Street about 1 a.m. and encountered heavy fire coming from the 62-unit complex, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Video from the scene showed the entire structure engulfed in flames.

A total of 150 firefighters were on scene, the department said.

The building, which had been under construction for 18 months, was supposed to house low-income veterans, the construction superintendent told CBS2. It was three months from being completed and was being planned and managed by a nonprofit group.

The fire was still burning after daybreak, authorities said.

The fire also damaged a historic pre-1933 theater building, and a single-story house. Firefighters and sheriff's deputies evacuated nearby residents, and no one was injured. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Photo: Los Angeles Fire Department

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