Dozens of Los Angeles city firefighters battled a great alarm structure fire at Urth Caffé in downtown’s Arts District Friday morning, putting it out just after 8 a.m. Almost 100 firefighters were on the scene and also worked to defend two attached businesses, LAFD officials said.
The fire started in the kitchen at roughly 6:45 a.m., according to LAFD spokeswoman Margeret Stewart, though an Urth Caffé spokeswoman later said it actually started in the coffee roasting department. Flames quickly reached the attic of the popular coffee bar and eatery, located at 459 S. Hewitt St. Video on social media shows smoke filling the air of the neighborhood as sirens ring out in the street.
— LAFD Talk (@LAFDtalk) December 30, 2018