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Crews battle fire at former bank building in Boyle Heights

Los Angeles city firefighters are battling a blaze at a former bank building in Boyle Heights Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was reported around 1:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of South Soto Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters are in defensive mode against the blaze, dubbed the “Soto Fire.”

Heavy fire was reported in the attic and quickly extended through the vacant and boarded building.

No injuries or evacuations have been ordered, but Soto Street between Olympic Boulevard and 8th Street are closed amid the firefight, fire officials said.

Los Angeles police officers also responded to the scene for traffic control. Motorists were being asked to avoid the area.

The building one-story, 5,937 square-foot building was built in 1950, officials said.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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