LA inferno: Apocalyptic scenes as enormous fire engulfs Los Angeles center (IMAGES)

LA inferno: Apocalyptic scenes as enormous fire engulfs Los Angeles center (IMAGES)
The remnants of a smoldering building the size of a football field emerged as dawn broke in LA on Monday morning after 250 firefighters spent hours battling a blaze on the upscale-residential-building-to-be.

Two adjacent buildings have been damaged in the blaze as the heat being emitted burst their windows and two major freeways in the vicinity of the fire were forced to shut down.

Firefighters douse the remains of a fire that destroyed an apartment complex that was under construction, in downtown Los Angeles, California, December 8, 2014. (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck)

Workers survey damage after a huge fire in downtown Los Angeles, California, December 8, 2014. (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck)

Los Angeles city firefighters battle a massive fire at a seven-story downtown apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles, California December 8, 2014 (Reuters / Gene Blevins)

“It looked like a bomb had just exploded,” LA fire captain Rick Godinez told the LA Times.

An active fire broke out on three floors in an adjacent 16-story high-rise building at 221 North Figueroa nearby, while another on the same street was also exposed, reported ABC7.

Flames engulf a seven-story downtown apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles, California December 8, 2014. (Reuters / Gene Blevins)


“When they came out of the quarters they could see it was fully engulfed,”
fire department spokeswoman Katherine Main told the paper. “It was a building under construction in the framing phase. Almost 1 million square feet and a city block.”

The building was intended to be a seven-story upscale residential building with commercial space on the lower level.

Los Angeles city firefighters battle a massive fire at a seven-story downtown apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles, California December 8, 2014. (Reuters / Gene Blevins)

LA Fire Department spokesman David Ortiz told the paper as the fire was still blazing that some 250 firefighters had been dispatched to extinguish the blaze, which he characterized as ‘huge.’

“It was the perfect storm, if you will, for fire spread,” Ortiz said in a phone interview with Washington Post “There were no dividing firewalls between the different components of it.”

Reuters / Gene Blevins


“This is a historic fire, what we as firefighters would call ‘a career fire…. I really can’t remember a building fire this big, and I have been with the department for 13 years,”
he told NBC news in a separate interview.

The precise cause of the blaze currently remains unknown.