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150 firefighters battle blaze at LA commercial building

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At least 150 firefighters battled a huge blaze that gutted a commercial building early Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

The fire broke out around 2 a.m. in a three-story building at the corner of Third and Los Angeles streets, the city’s fire department said.

There were several small explosions from inside as flames erupted through windows and sent up an enormous plume of dark smoke.

Crews kept the flames from spreading to neighboring structures and had the fire under control within about three hours.

There were no injuries reported.

The building, which housed several small businesses, was declared unsafe to enter.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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