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Fire consumes entire block in South L.A.

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image kabc"><span>KABC</span></div><span class="caption-text">A commercial building in South L.A. was consumed on Monday.</span></div>
April 28, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A massive inferno has consumed a South L.A. manufacturing business and adjoining pallet yard. Dense black smoke was visible throughout the Southland as flames jumped from building to building, and even set cars ablaze, in the industrial complex.The fast-moving fire jumped from building to building, destroying nine businesses in a three-block radius, including a large pallet yard. Fire officials say those pallets may have caused the flames to spread quickly.

One-hundred-fifty firefighters were on the scene to tackle the blaze, which officials believe started in an abandoned soundstage on the corner of Gage and Gramercy. Next door is Campbell Glass Shop. The owner says he and about 20 employees were inside when the fire raced into his business.

More than a dozen vehicles parked on the street were completely incinerated from radiant heat. At one point firefighters were pulled out of the commercial structures because of the threat of collapse.

A massive plume of black smoke could be seen for miles.

The intense flames weren't far from houses in the neighborhood, but residents were told to stay put.

 

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