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Glassell Park commercial fire generates huge plume of smoke [updated]

Glassell Park fire on San Fernando Road

Fire viewed from Atwater Village

Glassell Park — Firefighters battled a large fire for several  hours that broke out this afternoon in a commercial building in the 3500 block of N. San Fernando Road.

The blaze, which started at about 5:30 p.m., produced a thick cloud of black smoke that was visible for miles. The odor of burning plastic wafted a few blocks south into Atwater Village, where residents gathered by the train tracks to watch flames and a giant cloud of smoke rise into the sky.

The two-story building housed a party supply store, said fire department spokesman Erik Scott. The building was occupied when firefighters arrived but everyone was evacuated and no injuries were reported, according to preliminary reports.

Update @ 6:16 pm: LAFD has deployed more than 150 firefighters to the scene of the fire, which is burning in a two-story building.  “This major emergency fire quickly spread causing heavy flames throughout the building forcing firefighters to battle the blaze in a defensive mode,” said an LAFD update. “Electrical wires are down causing a hazard to firefighters near the business and a 20′ collapse zone has been identified during the incident due to potential wall collapse or failure.”

Update @ 6:39 pm: Smoke has dissipated and turned to white from black. Firefighters still pouring water on building.

Update @ 6:49 pm: A section of San Fernando Road remains closed to traffic, according to Google Maps.

Update @  12:40 am on Sept. 18: The fire was officially declared extinguished. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Fire as seen from Elysian Heights | Kjtel Byers

Glassell Park fire on San Fernando Road

Streams of water being poured on fire

Glassell Park fire on San Fernando Road

Onlookers in Atwater Village watching smoke and flames

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