BRENTWOOD—At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29, a fire broke out at a 26-story modern sealed high-rise office building in Brentwood.
The fire broke out at 11601 Wilshire Blvd. at the northwest corner of San Vicente Blvd. The building was under reconstruction on the three lower floors. The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that exterior scaffolding supported a tent-like protection “wrapping” of those three lower floors which caught fire during a period of strong and sustained winds of 35 mph and higher. The most serious damage by the fire was caused to the first and second floor, including multiple lower floor windows being broken by the strong flames.
Approximately more than 50 building occupants were safely evacuated. One adult male sustained smoke exposure and was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. His condition or name has not been released.
A total of 126 LAFD firefighters were able to put out the flames in 40 minutes. LAFD officials indicated they plan on being on the scene to help with water removal. The cause of the fire remains under active investigation.