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.
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Times staff writer Nita Lelyveld contributed to this report.