Blaze burns roof of industrial building in DTLA

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A blaze broke out and burned through the roof of a commercial building in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning. (KABC)

A blaze broke out in a commercial building in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning.

Firefighters headed to the 1300 block of Newton Street around 7:40 a.m. where a greater-alarm fire burned through the roof of the single-story industrial building of wire welding business Smith & Co.

Ten employees who were inside the building at the time the fire broke out quickly fled the building.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, two firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries in falls while working on the fire. One firefighter fell less than 12 feet from the roof of the building and the other fell an unknown distance from the mezzanine inside the building.

The blaze was knocked down by 8:23 a.m., the LAFD said. The building may be a total loss, according to fire officials.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

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