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Large fire reported in abandoned Hollywood building [Updated]

January 1, 2012 |  6:25 pm


Firefighters in Hollywood were called Sunday evening to a large fire in an abandoned two-story building where transients sometimes live, authorities said.

Eight fire companies were responding to the blaze at 1684 N. Wilton Place. The fire started about 5:40 p.m., said Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Jamie Moore.

It was still too soon to know if the blaze was related to a string of arson fires that have recently hit Hollywood, West Hollywood, North Hollywood and the Valley, Moore said.

It wasn’t immediately known if anyone was in the home when the fire started.

[Updated, 7:41 p.m.: Firefighters now say the blaze they responded to Sunday evening was at 1717 N. Gramercy Place, near Hollywood Boulevard.

Firefighters arrived to find a fire burning from the second floor of an older, vacant building that may have once been a church, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott. One hundred firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in an hour, he said.

Arson investigators are en route to the scene to determine the cause of the blaze, Scott said. Firefighters were concerned that transients may have been living in the building, but no injuries have been reported.]


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Photo: The vacant building burns in Hollywood. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times