A garage fire was reported Friday afternoon at an empty construction building located at 1013 N. Genesee Avenue, just north of Romaine Street.
According to a witness, there was visible smoke and the odor of burning material emanating from the underground parking garage at the site. The construction site is situated adjacent to an abandoned two-story apartment complex, which has been boarded up and vacant for more than a year.
Another witness reported seeing a man, approximately in his early 30s, exiting the garage as fire and sheriff responders arrived. The individual was reportedly not wearing any pants.
Photographs taken by long-time West Hollywood resident and West Hollywood Preservation Alliance board member Victor Omelczenko depict firefighters on the roof of the construction building, where they conducted investigations for additional fire hazards.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the incident, and the full extent of the damage is yet to be determined.
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