An apartment building under construction caught fire in downtown Los Angeles early Monday morning, sparking an inferno that damaged two other buildings and closed two freeways, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The fire, able to be seen for miles, is on the corner of Temple and Fremont streets. The location is close to the four-level freeway interchange junction on the northern edge of the downtown area.
The Los Angeles Fire Department stated that 37 companies and 250 firefighters were dispatched to the blaze.
The California Highway Patrol closed lanes between the 110 and 101 freeways due to the fire, the Times reported, but were reopened southbound at around 4:30 a.m. PT. The sire was still smoldering as of 5 a.m. PT. Officials were unsure at the time as to when the blaze would be fully extinguished.
The cause and extent of the fires are yet unknown.