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Flash Casts a Glow Over Burning Building South of Downtown LA

Firefighters on ladder trucks helped prevent flames from spread to other buildings in a Vernon industrial area

Firefighters on ladder trucks surrounded a burning building to knock down a fire early Friday morning in an industrial area south of downtown Los Angeles.

A bright flash, possibly from an electrical explosion, from inside the building bathed the area in the 1800 block of East 41st Street in Vernon with bright light. The fire was reported at about 6 a.m.

Details about the business were not immediately available.

Part of the building collapsed and firefighters reported downed power lines. Aerial video showed firefighters spraying water from at least four ladder trucks. 

There were no reports of injuries. Details about how the fire started were not immediately available.

The fire was knocked down about an hour later. Firefighters expected to be on scene during the morning, watching for hot spots. 

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