Hollywood & Vine Fire Knocked Down
The fire at Hollywood and Vine spit flames 40 feet into the air. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
After just under two and one half hours, the fire at Basque nightclub was knocked down by the Los Angeles Fire Department, save for one flare up on a rooftop hotspot fifteen minutes later. At 5:31 a.m. this morning, a 9-1-1 phone call alerted officials to a fire at the building located on the northwest corner of Hollywood and Vine, which has housed many tenants in the past including a radio station, restaurants, Deep and now Basque. The opening scene of Ocean's Eleven was filmed here.
Four surrounding buildings, including a tattoo parlor, a shoe repair and a spa, suffered minor damage. Basque, where the fire is suspected to have started in the attic, has been completely gutted.
The intersection and surrounding streets at Hollywood and Vine will remain closed for a few hours as firefighters clear the scene and watch for hotspots and investigators start their investigation. No injuries were reported.
Previously: Read the earlier report with some play by play