LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Fire erupted in a three-story commercial/office building in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, with flames shooting through the roof of the structure, forcing fire crews into a defensive posture as they attempted to douse the inferno.
The fire broke out just after 1 p.m. in the third floor of the building in the 300 block of East Fourth Street, between San Pedro and Wall streets, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Crews initially made their way inside, but they were forced into a defensive mode, with all firefighters pulled out of the building as the flames spread throughout the 5,000-square-foot structure, with smoke ultimately pouring from lower-level windows in addition to the roof. Fire crews instead poured water onto the blaze from the exterior, using ladder trucks to soak the flames.
Fire officials said there was "dense storage" inside the building on the second and third floors, helping to fuel the flames. The building has commercial space on the ground floor, and what was originally planned as office space on the second and third floors, fire officials said.
It was unclear if anyone was inside the building when the fire broke out.
There were no immediate reports of any injuries.