Urth Caffe Damaged in Fire

Friday, December 28, 2018
Smoke blanketed the Arts District from fire at Urth Caffe
Photo Credits: 
Creative Commons licensed for your use | LAFD Photo by Cody Weireter

A stubborn attic fire put Urth Caffe out of action today.

At 6:45AM, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 459 S Hewitt Street in Downtown Los Angeles.  Firefighters arrived to find smoke showing from the roof of the Urth Caffe and immediately initiated an offensive attack while requesting additional units.

The Greater Alarm status fire extended into the attic and firefighters worked to locate and isolate the blaze while successfully defending the two adjoining (wall-sharing) businesses.  The 11,461 square foot building, constructed in 1928, presented challenges in reaching the seat of the fire but 98 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Kwame Cooper, worked diligently and achieved knockdown in 1 hour and 25 minutes.  

As per standard protocol for a Greater Alarm fire, LAFD Arson and Counter-Terrorism Section is actively investigating the cause.



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