A fireplace that broke out earlier than daybreak Wednesday in Venice destroyed a two-story constructing alongside the beachfront, authorities stated.
The blaze erupted at a homeless encampment on the south facet of the industrial constructing within the 700 block of South Ocean Entrance Stroll, stated Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Hearth Division.
Flames shortly overtook the almost 7,000-square-foot construction. No accidents have been reported, officers stated.
Shortly after firefighters arrived, the constructing, constructed in 1953, grew to become “structurally comprised,” Humphrey stated, including, “the roof got here in, the partitions have been beginning to shift.”
As a result of the hearth rendered the constructing unstable, firefighters couldn’t enter it to battle the flames. They as a substitute circled the construction and used a drone to offer visible help.
The blaze briefly threatened a pair of adjoining properties, together with a two-story residence complicated, Humphrey stated. Firefighters knocked on residents’ doorways to ensure they have been awake, and a number of other got here out to observe as 116 firefighters battled the blaze.
It took slightly below two and a half hours to knock the hearth down. It’s believed that the construction, now destroyed, was vacant when the hearth started.
An investigation launched to find out the reason for the hearth is a “prime precedence” due to the dimensions of the hearth and the destruction it brought on, Humphrey stated. It’s one of many largest blazes the division has encountered in a number of days, he added.
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