- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A major fire raged through two vacant apartment buildings west of downtown Los Angeles and forced the evacuation of an adjacent convalescent hospital before dawn Thursday.

No one was reported injured but the ruins were to be searched to make sure no one was inside.

Little was left of a two-story apartment building; the gutted shell of an old four-story apartment building still stood next door.

The blaze was reported in Westlake, an old district of the city.

Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Bastman said the evacuation of the Mid-Wilshire Convalescent Hospital was completed with no injuries.

More than 160 firefighters, some from a fire station around the corner, battled the fire for nearly 90 minutes as it posed a threat to other structures.

After the blaze was knocked down, firefighters continued to pour water on hotspots.

The Fire Department’s arson investigators were on the scene to determine the cause.

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