LOS ANGELES – A car fire in South Los Angeles Wednesday evening extended into a commercial building that contained a marijuana grow operation.
The fire was reported just before 7:15 p.m. at the building at 240 E. 57th St., near Main Street, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Seventy-four firefighters managed to douse the flames in about 85 minutes despite a partial roof collapse inside the building that hindered firefighters from fully extinguishing hot spots within the rubble. Knockdown was declared just after 8:35 p.m.
No injuries were reported and no other structures were damaged. The cause of the fire was under investigation, and authorities could not immediately comment on the legality of the grow operation within the building.