Fire broke out in downtown Los Angeles at a party supply store, sending plumes of smoke into the air that were visible from afar.
Some reports said chili peppers were burning inside:
According to NBC Los Angeles, the building was described by fire officials “as a large concrete commercial building with multiple units engulfed in flames.”
Firefighters transitioned into defensive mode and descended from the roof around 6:45 p.m.
There were no injuries reported, but it took 190 firefighters to battle the blaze:
The fire in the warehouse was described as a “large blaze.” The Fire Department reported on March 12, “Update Structure Fire; 6:42PM; 1253 E 8th St; #DTLA Large (200′ x 100′) concrete commercial building with multiple (8-10) units fully involved with fire. Transitioning to a defensive operation and all firefighters coming off the roof. Central Ave being closed in both directions at E 8th St.”
ABC 7 reported that the fire sent “clouds of thick black smoke into the air” and “Fire was showing through the roof and crews worked to control the blaze from that spot until it was deemed too dangerous.” The television station reported that “eight to 10 units were fully engulfed in flames.”
Here are some other images and videos from the blaze: