Fire Crews Knock Down Two South LA Fires

The structure fires come on a day when brush fires ripped across Southern California

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    Two structure went up in flames only a few miles from each other in South LA. One was at a furniture store and another in an abandoned home. Mekahlo Medina reports from South LA for the NBC4 News at 5 on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014)

    Fire crews knocked down least two fires in South Los Angeles amid dry and windy conditions Wednesday afternoon.

    The first blaze broke out in a Brother's Leal Furniture store in the 10000 block of Central Avenue about 3 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department Spokesman Erik Scott said.

    Flames raced through the two-story building as firefighters worked around live electrical wires.

    "The fire just bursted in the air, smoke was everywhere," witness Chris Henley said. "They couldn't tame it."

    Crews knocked down that fire by 4:15 p.m., and the roof of the building collapsed about an hour later. A liquor store and piñata store nextdoor were damaged in the blaze.

    A second fire was reported at a vacant two-story home in the 4000 block of South Dalton Avenue just after 3:30 p.m. and was knocked down by 4 p.m., officials said. Live wires may have also come down near that blaze.

    No injuries were reported in either fire. 

    NBC4's Mekahlo Medina contributed to this report.

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