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Two freeways closed as several buildings burn in Los Angeles

Two freeways closed as several buildings burn in Los Angeles



(Reuters) - A large blaze in downtown Los Angeles early on Monday consumed an apartment building that was under construction and shut down two major freeways, the Los Angeles Fire Department and California Highway Patrol said.

At 7 a.m. PST northbound lanes of the 110 freeway remained closed as well as the Temple, Broadway and Los Angeles off-ramps of the 101 freeway southbound, a spokeswoman for the highway patrol said. The 101 is a major artery that runs up and down California.

The fire was extinguished, but firefighters were still on the scene monitoring hot spots.
"It's a large building, about a block long. The whole building is a total loss. The fire did spread into two neighboring buildings," said David Ortiz, a spokesman for the fire department. "The fire was going across the freeway."

Ortiz said there were no reports of injuries or fatalities in the fire.

He said more than 250 firefighters fought the fire, which was reported after 1:20 a.m. PST, and which was under control by 4:30 a.m. PST.

The fire spread to two neighboring buildings, including an office building on Figueroa Street, where several stories were damaged by fire and water.

(Reporting by Fiona Ortiz in Chicago; Editing by Eric Beech)
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