Scaffolding collapsed during greater-alarm fire in building under construction in East Los Angeles
The firefighters in East Los Angeles were battling the greater-alarm fire that broke out at a five-story building under the construction.
The flame started at around 1 a.m. Wednesday on the 1st Street and Rowan Avenue, fire department reported. The massive fire caused the scaffolding to collapse as the firefighters were trying to bring the blaze under control. No firefighters were reported injured so far.
According to the fire department, the building was empty during the fire. The fire also caused the damage of the nearby businesses.
“We have had some of that scaffolding collapse, luckily no one’s been injured in that,” said Inspector Sean Ferguson with the L.A. County Fire Department. “We’ve been fortunate, a lot of that scaffolding has collapsed inward onto the building itself.”
The firefighter crews had to call the additional forces to battle the fire. By 4:30 a.m. there had been about 150 firefighters at the scene. The arson investigators were also at the scene.
The cause of fire is not immediately known.