Firefighters Battle Huge Blaze Near Little Tokyo


Flames shoot out of the roof of SmokeTokes on Third near San Pedro. (LAFD)

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.