Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a massive blaze that destroyed businesses in an industrial part of South L.A. early Wednesday. The three-alarm fire erupted about 1:03 a.m. inside a business in the 5700 block of South Hooper Avenue, said Brian Humphrey, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. But the fast-moving flames quickly spread into neighboring businesses, forcing 250 firefighters to tackle the blaze defensively. Those at the scene captured dramatic images of the fight against the fire. Here are some of them:
Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings said the firefighter reassignments are needed to reshape the Fire Department to match the agency's workload, which has shifted from fighting fires to primarily responding to calls for emergency medical help.