More than 200 firefighters were called to the scene of a seven-story apartment complex fire in downtown Los Angeles early this morning. The complex appears to have been leveled in the blaze, with two other buildings damaged and the 101 Freeway briefly closed off to traffic.
Firefighters first responded to reports of a blaze at 906 N. Fremont Ave. (map) around 1:20 a.m., LAFD Chief Ralph M. Terrazas said.
About two-thirds of the seven-story apartment complex, which was under construction and mostly made of wood framing, was on fire, Terrazas said.
The building covered about 1.3-million square feet of floor space, and the fire caused significant exposure to two adjacent buildings.
KTLA also reports that the DaVinci "appeared to be almost completely leveled," with only the concrete stairwell left standing.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire in 90 minutes; an accelerant-sniffing dog was on the scene for a potential arson investigation.
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