Massive fire in downtown Los Angeles

The huge fire shut down parts of two major freeways early Monday morning.--By Thea Breite
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Los Angeles city firefighters battle a massive fire at a seven-story downtown apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles, California December 8, 2014. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)
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Over 250 firefighters battled the early morning blaze. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)
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The fire shutdown two major freeways, according to The Los Angeles Fire Department and California Highway Patrol. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)
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Because the building was under construction, no injuries were reported. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)
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The building was next to the Harbor CA-110 Freeway in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)
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The intense heat of the blaze melted nearby highway signs and burst windows of surrounding buildings, the Los Angeles Times reported. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)
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Flames could be seen for miles from the fire that started about 1:20 a.m. (Nancy Yuille/AP)
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The building was completely destroyed and the intense heat heavily damaged two nearby buildings. (Paul Buck/EPA)
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A firefighter stows his hose near the site of the structure fire. (Paul Buck/EPA)
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Crews battled two large fires in Los Angeles early Monday. This one blanketed the area in ash and heavy smoke. (Paul Buck/EPA)
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Firefighters spray water on the remnants of the structure fire. (Paul Buck/EPA)
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The fire was extinguished, but firefighters were still on the scene monitoring hot spots. (Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters)
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Firefighters stand on lanes of the 110 freeway near smoldering hot spots. (Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters)
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Cinders from the fire cover a walkway in downtown Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel/AP)
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