Cause of Echo Park Building Fire Unknown

Officials investigate building destroyed in overnight blaze

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    Fire crews on Tuesday night extinguished a stubborn blaze that ripped through a commercial building near the Hollywood Freeway in Echo Park. Annette Arreola reports for Today in LA on Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012. (Published Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012)

    Arson investigators Wednesday were combing through the remains of a three-story commercial building in Echo Park that was engulfed in flames overnight.

    The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, although it appears the fire started in a vegetation patch alongside the building, according to witnesses.

    "We believe it started at the lower level and extended all the way to the third floor. This is a hill-side occupancy, a business," LA City Fire Division Chief Ralph Ross said.

    It was first reported shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday at 1625 Palo Alto Ave., adjacent to the southbound 101 Freeway. It took a total of 125 firefighters more than 90 minutes to knock down the blaze.

    Multiple lanes were closed on the freeway and traffic was backed up for miles.

    "It had a lot of intensity to it. It was surprising that it didn't go out as quickly as I thought I would," Ross said.

    The three-story building housed multiple companies, including title loan and printing businesses.

    No injuries were reported.

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