Flames shoot out of the roof of SmokeTokes on Third near San Pedro. (LAFD)
Rafu Wire and Staff Reports
Fire engulfed a two-story commercial building in downtown Los Angeles on Monday night, causing gas cylinders inside to explode and forcing firefighters to battle the flames from a distance.
Firefighters declared a knockdown at 10:14 p.m., a little more than two hours after the fire was reported at 8:10 p.m. at a wholesale distributor of smoking materials called SmokeTokes, at 330 E. Third St., near San Pedro Street, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.