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Fire on 4th and Broadway

Raging Fire

I was awoken this morning, not by my alarm clock, but by the building's fire alarm. We smelled smoke quite strongly, so after getting dressed feeling if my door was warm, I walked out into the hall and looked out the side window. I could see a massive plume of smoke several blocks down towards the Civic Center. Penelope and I walked downstairs and made our way outside, where we met up with our neighbor Shannon.

We arrived on scene at about 5:00am and the fire was raging up out of the roof of a two story building on the North East corner of 4th and Broadway. I started shooting photos and didn't stop until about 8:00am. The fire is mostly smoke now, and the 10 ladder trucks, 10 pump trucks and what must have been nearly 100 brave firefighters. At one point all 10 of the ladder trucks were spraying into the blaze, 800 gallons per minute each, that's a veritable tidal wave of water.

The building was tightly packed with junk, which means plenty of fuel and the fire just kept on going. Finally at about 7:30 the smoke turned white and started to dissipate. I am guessing that the fire should be out any time now.

Both Penelope and Eric Richardson totally scooped me on it, but I took 183 photos and I'm pulling them off the CF card now. Stand by for photos.

Update The photos are uploading, so far 5 are up out of the 33 that I'm posting all uploaded. You can check out the Major Fire on 4th and Broadway gallery here.

A few more photos after the fold.

Update 2 Eric Richardson got some photos, including this one of me taking a photo.

3rd Street Flooding Pump Truck 210 and Firefighter Smoke from the Distance The Fire Damage Flooded El Hurache Veloz Firefighter KTLA Interviews BES Quadruple Stream Noticias Interview The Fire Abates Engine Company 33 Where There Is Smoke... Synchronized Fire Fighting CP - Command Post River of Water and Fire Debris The Smoke Thickens LAFD Fighting a Fire Ladder Truck Unenviable Job Brave LAFD Fire and Dawn FLIR of the Fire Raging Structure Fire Structure Fire LAFD Engine 27 Big Fire Structure Fire and Embers Raging Building Fire Fire on Broadway and 4th Tore 4 Lease Ladder Truck and Fire Building Fire Raging Fire