Updated — Dec. 8, 3:34 p.m. ET
An apartment building under construction caught fire in downtown Los Angeles early Monday morning, sparking a blaze that damaged two other buildings and closed two freeways, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The blaze could be seen for miles.
Fires of this size typically lead to criminal investigations, an L.A. Fire Department captain told the L.A. Times. The way the entire building quickly became engulfed in flames has also lead to suspicion of foul play.
The fire, on the corner of Temple and Fremont streets, was close to the the four-level freeway interchange junction on the northern edge of the downtown area, the Times said.
Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted that 37 companies and 250 firefighters were dispatched to the blaze.
The California Highway Patrol closed lanes running between the 110 and 101 freeways due to the blaze, the Times reported. However, the 101 and 110 were reopened southbound at around 4:30 a.m PT.
The site was still smoldering as of 5 a.m. PT, with officials unsure of when the blaze would be fully extinguished, the Times reported. The cause and extent of the fires are as yet unknown.
Several dense, upscale apartment buildings have been built in the area in recent years, and another, known as the Da Vinci, was currently under construction.
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