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Firefighters battle blaze in downtown Los Angeles

May 4, 2012 |  2:35 pm

Downtown LA fire

About 75 firefighters are battling a blaze in downtown Los Angeles as heavy black smoke billows out of a large, single-story building.

The fire at 1200 S. Hope St. was reported about 1:37 p.m., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.

The pre-1933 structure covers an area of 75 feet by 125 feet, Scott said. Additional firefighters were responding to the scene.

Authorities have blocked off southbound Hope Street at 11th Street.

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Photo: Smoke billows from a fire at 1200 S. Hope St. in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: KTLA

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