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Hollywood & Fire

April 30, 2008 |  8:55 am

Firejpg_2 That huge plume of black smoke you've been seeing? Fire at Hollywood and Vine. So hot, firefighters were forced from the building. Francisco Vara-Orta has the story:

A large commercial building on the famed intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in the heart of rapidly renovating Hollywood is in flames this morning, authorities said, creating a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles.

Firefighters were sent to the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard about 5:30 a.m., said d'Lisa Davies of the Los Angeles Fire Department. About 30 minutes into the battling the flames, firefighters had to exit the building, so they are not sure if it's a one- or two-story structure, Davies said.

Crews are using aerial ladders to pour water on the flames from above and working to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings.

Crews are stationed on three sides of the building to keep the fire from spreading. The building, home to the nightclub and restaurant Basque, hasn't been deemed a total loss yet. Francisco's full story is here.

--Veronique de Turenne

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