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130 firefighters put out huge Boyle Heights warehouse blaze


Authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances that caused a Boyle Heights fabric warehouse to catch fire Saturday.

It took 130 firefighters more than two hours to knock down a huge blaze that destroyed the sprawling warehouse.

Ryan Coon lives in an RV in a nearby parking lot and says he watched the fire develop.

"They cut a hole in the fence and walked us down at some point. I never felt in danger but it went from smoke to, I could feel the heat."

Amy Bastman with the Los Angeles Fire Department says crews had to focus on defending adjacent buildings because the intense flames ripped through the roof and compromised the structural integrity of the 120,000-square-foot warehouse.

Downed high-voltage power lines at the single-story structure also made for dangerous conditions.

Bastman says the fire was reported just after 6:30 p.m. at a fabric company located at 1621 S. Soto St. The fire was extinguished just before 9 p.m.

Firefighters say they will be continuing to quench smoldering remains through Monday morning.

No injuries were reported.