Firefighters knocked down flames at a Mid-City area office building early Thursday, battling heavy smoke and preventing damage to nearby businesses.
Crews responded at 2:39 a.m. to the building at 8563 Venice Boulevard, just west of La Cienega Boulevard. They faced heavy smoke inside the building from a fire at the rear of the structure, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
A total of 42 firefighters battled the blaze and a knockdown was declared at 3:10 a.m., Prange said.
The building was not occupied at the time.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation.