Building burst into fire next to Emerson Los Angeles campus

LAFD took 44 minutes to extinguish the blaze


Photo: Courtesy of Dasha German

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire that broke out next to Emerson College’s Los Angeles campus.

By Dana Gerber, News Editor

No injuries were reported in a building fire across the street from Emerson’s Los Angeles campus Sunday, officials said. 

The college instructed students to stay inside the 5960 Sunset Blvd. campus building or wait to return to campus until further notice in an email to students. The blaze drew 89 firefighters to 6015 West Sunset Blvd, a vacant apartment building where the fire broke out, at 4:40 p.m P.S.T., according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department. 

Crews took 44 minutes to confine the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Chad Meyers, director of housing and student life at ELA, sent an email to students at 4:47 p.m. urging them to stay inside the 5960 Sunset Blvd. campus building or wait to return to campus until further notice. He wrote that the ELA campus was under no immediate threat. 

Traffic was shut down from North Bronson Blvd to North El Centro Ave. Nearby sidewalks were also blocked off, according to the email.

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The fire was initially fought from the exterior to ensure the flames did not grow worse. However, after 20 minutes, LAFD transitioned to offensive operations to put out the fire from the interior at 5:20 p.m.

At 5:52 p.m., the college sent a follow-up email to students saying it was safe to leave the building, though traffic was still restricted. 

This site had previously caught fire on Aug. 31 of last year—also resulting in no injuries.