Archive for April 30th, 2008

Hollywood & Vine Fire UPDATE…

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Fire Burns Popular Nightclub

At Hollywood & Vine

 

KNBC

April 30, 2008

 

 

 

  Anita Rosenberg / Los Angeles Times

 

LOS ANGELES — A huge fire burned through the roof of a building housing a popular nightclub at the famed intersection of Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood on Wednesday morning, but no injuries were reported.

  

Firefighters were sent to a large single-story building in the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard about 5:30 a.m., said d’Lisa Davies of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was extinguished at 7:58 a.m., she said.

 

But less than an hour later, firefighters were seen battling a flareup on the roof of the building at 1707 N. Vine Street.

  

Firefighters — concerned that the roof could collapse because of heavy air-conditioning units atop the building — moved into a “defensive” posture after about 20 minutes and worked to prevent the flames from spreading to other structures.

 

A large billboard atop the building shifted, causing some concern that it might collapse.

  

Crews using aerial ladders poured water on the flames from above, and utilities to the building were shut off.

  

Metro Red Line trains were unaffected, but officials re-routed bus lines 163, 217, 780, 210 and 180, said Metro spokesman Luis Inzunza.

  

The fire apparently began in the attic of the building, which houses the Basque Nightclub and Restaurant, a firefighter said.

  

Water filled the street outside the building, and traffic was routed away from the area, which appeared likely to remain closed off for much of the day.

  

The blaze was designated a major emergency fire, one that involves the deployment of at least 16 fire engines. This morning, 23 fire engines were sent to the scene, Davies said.

  

It was the second major fire at a Hollywood restaurant in a week. On Saturday afternoon, a fire apparently sparked by faulty wiring gutted “Off Vine,” 6263 W. Leland Way, near Vine Street and about two blocks south of the site of this morning’s blaze.

  

The weekend fire, which left two firefighters injured, caused about $450,000 in damage to the century-old two-story house that had been converted into an eatery, said Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

  

Owners vowed to rebuild the restaurant, which has served celebrities and families for more than 20 years.

 

Hollywood & Vine Fire…

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Crews battle building fire at Hollywood and Vine

 

 

 

By Francisco Vara-Orta, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
8:01 AM PDT, April 30, 2008
A large commercial building on the famed intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in the heart of rapidly renovating Hollywood is in flames this morning, authorities said, creating a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles.

Firefighters were sent to the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard about 5:30 a.m., said d’Lisa Davies of the Los Angeles Fire Department. About 30 minutes into the battling the flames, firefighters had to exit the building, so they are not sure if it’s a one- or two-story structure, Davies said.

 

Crews are using aerial ladders to pour water on the flames from above and working to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings.

 

 

“We do have firefighters on three sides of the building to protect the nearby businesses,” Davies said. Fire is on the northwest corner of Hollywood and Vine, in the center of numerous high-end redevelopment projects underway such as the new W hotel and residences. The building involved is home to Basque, a nightclub and restaurant.

 

The building on fire has not been declared a total loss yet but has been deemed as “under demolition,” Davies said.

 

In addition to trying to protect the buildings nearby, crews were dousing the area underneath a billboard on top of the building to prevent it from collapsing.

 

There are no initial reports of injuries 90 minutes into the firefight, Davies said.

 

Forty-foot flames could be seen shooting through the roof by early morning commuters nearby.

 

Traffic was was routed away from the area, Davies said, adding the Hollywood Freeway is slowing as some people watch the flames.

 

“It should be a while, we’re still trying to get to the base of the fire,” Davies said.

 

Photos from Los Angeles Times and KTLA

 

Times staff writer Nita Lelyveld contributed to this report.