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Fire At Urth Caffé In DTLA's Arts District Knocked Down; Cause Under Investigation

Los Angeles firefighters responded to a greater alarm structure fire at the Urth Caffe in the Arts District on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. (Courtesy LAFD via Twitter)
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Dozens of Los Angeles city firefighters battled a great alarm structure fire at Urth Caffé in downtown's Arts District Friday morning, putting it out just after 8 a.m. Almost 100 firefighters were on the scene and also worked to defend two attached businesses, LAFD officials said.

The fire started in the kitchen at roughly 6:45 a.m., according to LAFD spokeswoman Margeret Stewart, though an Urth Caffé spokeswoman later said it actually started in the coffee roasting department. Flames quickly reached the attic of the popular coffee bar and eatery, located at 459 S. Hewitt St. Video on social media shows smoke filling the air of the neighborhood as sirens ring out in the street.

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About an hour and a half later, the blaze was knocked down, officials said. No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Shallom Berkman, Urth Caffé's owner, later said he was "hopeful we can open the café this upcoming week."


8:40 a.m., Dec. 31: This article was updated with information from an Urth Caffe press release.

This article was originally published at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28.

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