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Hollywood & Vine Fire Knocked Down

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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.

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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