Massive Apartment Fire Hits Los Angeles

Monday, December 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

Pamela Engel
Dec. 8, 2014

An apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles burned early Monday morning in a fire that temporarily shut down parts of two major freeways in the city, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The seven-floor complex was reportedly under construction at the time of the fire. About two-thirds of it burned, and the building is almost completely leveled because most of the framing was made from wood, according to KTLA. The fire is expected to have caused millions of dollars in damage.

More than 250 firefighters battled the blaze, and most of the fire had been put out as of 7 a.m. PT. The fire was so huge and widespread that shards of glass were reportedly raining down on the firefighters as they fought to extinguish the flames, KTLA reports. The fire could be seen for miles.

Transition lanes between the 110 and 101 freeways were shut down for a few hours Monday morning, the state highway patrol told the Times. A spokesman for the fire department told Reuters that the fire was going across the freeway.

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