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Firefighters battle huge building fire in Gardena

January 12, 2012 |  8:23 pm

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Firefighters were battling a massive blaze in Gardena on Thursday night in a building that may be mortuary, officials said.

Several dozen fire engines were at the blaze near 164th Street and South Vermont Avenue, but the flames were so intense and the smoke so thick that firefighters were unable to enter the building.

Fire crews took up defensive positions around the building, blasting streams from water cannons onto the flames, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

County fire crews were being assisted by units from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

No additional details were immediately available.

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Photo: Firefighters battle Gardena blaze. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times

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