LAFD: Koreatown "Re-Burn", Vacant Restaurant Mini Mall Fire

firelensman - 5-15-2020 - Los Angeles Firefighters, Engine 6, first on scene near the intersection of 3rd Street & Vermont Avenue reported smoke showing from a one and two story previously partially burned strip mall. LAFD Firefighters quickly stretched hand lines attacking the fire and protecting the exposure to the north, which was the rest of the strip mall. Due to the building being unstable with serious previous damage, the main bulk of fire was knocked down with four ladder pipes and outside handlines, no initial interior attack. The previous fire that gutted both floors happened two months ago, destroying a Korean restaurant-market and a Wells Fargo ATM terminal. The main bulk of fire was knocked down in an hours time. There were no reported injuries. Building & Safety was requested due to the damage. LAPD & D.O.T. assisted with traffic and crowd control. The cause of the midnight Major Emergency K-Town blaze is under investigation. -MNR-

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