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Fire destroys 3-story building in Hollywood near 101 Freeway

Echo Park Fire


Firefighters work to extinguish flames that consumed a three-story building Tuesday night near the 101 Freeway in Hollywood.

Authorities today are investigating what caused a grass fire that spread to a nearby three-story commercial building and destroyed the structure near the 101 Freeway in Hollywood.

Los Angeles fire authorities said the blaze erupted at about 10 p.m. Tuesday on Palo Alto Street near the Union Avenue on-ramp. It took 125 firefighters about two hours to knock it down. The building is said to be a total loss.

No firefighters were injured. The fire sent towering flames and thick smoke over Echo Park and other neighborhoods northwest of downtown L.A. It also shut down lanes of the 101 Freeway.

The building apparently housed a car title and loan company as well as a print shop, KNBC reported.

Fire officials said they discovered what appeared to be a homeless encampment nearby, the station reported.

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