September 1st, 2023
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On Wednesday, August 30th, a large fire broke out in Ruby Textile, a two-story building in the downtown Los Angeles Fashion District. Thick smoke filled the air, creating the appearance of a massive cloud over all of the surrounding. The fire ignited a little before 6:00 AM. Over 120 firefighters arrived within minutes of the call to battle the fire during an ongoing heatwave in LA. Firefighters shut down surrounding streets until they could deem it safe to enter the area again.
The Ruby Textile company was in business for over 15 years and sold rugs, towels, clothing, and blankets. Several other companies located next to the store also suffered damages from the fire. The building partially collapsed, and rescuers fought the flames by breaking through the roof shortly after 7:00 AM. The collapsed roof forced rescuers to move from working on the inside of the building to the outside for their safety.
No injuries reported. Emergency workers razed the building by 10:00 AM to prevent additional damage or possible injuries. The source of the fire remains under investigation.
It appears that automatic sprinklers were not provided in the building. Automatic sprinklers provide the most effective fire protection overall and may have prevented this devastating fire loss if properly designed, installed and maintained..
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