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Nearly 100 firefighters put out South L.A. commercial fire

Nearly 100 firefighters extinguished a blaze early Friday that threatened to consume a row of vacant South Los Angeles businesses reportedly used by homeless people for shelter.

Los Angeles firefighters responded about 12:56 a.m. to the fire in the 5900 block of South Figueroa Street. The fire was in the central section of a one-story row of empty businesses that shared a common attic.

The first crews to arrive pushed back flames that threatened occupied homes to the west of the fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.

No one was injured and no transients were found inside the 89-year-old building.

The fire at the 6,210-square-foot masonry building was extinguished in about 30 minutes by 96 firefighters. None of the other vacant storefronts were damaged, according to the fire department.

The fire, which caused an estimated $200,000 in structural damage, was under investigation.


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