May 31, 2005

360 Building (Sunset Tower) on Fire

The old 360 building at Sunset + Vine is on fire. (I work in the building across the street.)

It's a toxic smell and I think they are evacuating us pre-emptively since it looks like they're closing down Sunset.

Update: We weren't evacuated but because the fumes were being pumped through the infamous air-conditioner and many people were complaining about burning eyes, noses and throats, they had to cut the A/C. Our group got the OK to leave early. By the time I left the building, the fire was out. Kudos for LAFD for being so quick to respond. My co-workers who sit in the corner offices closest to the fire said that they as soon as they saw smoke and pondered calling 911, they already saw a chopper above and saw a fire engine responding.)

Pictures forthcoming below taken by me from inside my building. ::David Kurtz's pictures from the roof here:: ::Story and photos from NBC4:: ::Official LAFD blog post::

@ 4:01:14 pm
Sunset Tower Fire @ 4:01:14 pm

(more in the extended entry)

@ 3:59:04 pm: Here's the first picture I took; since I'm inside you can see the reflections of the lights in our ceiling.
Sunset Tower Fire @ 3:59:04 pm

@ 4:01:18 pm: Moved to another location on the same floor, but inside a co-worker's office. I did not have a good view of the firefighters but I could see them entering the building, as well as other fire engines approaching on the street. I counted 9 fire trucks and various paramedic vehicles. Luckily, no one was injured.
Sunset Tower Fire @ 4:01:18 pm

@ 4:02:22 pm: The wind starts to pick up and blow the black smoke right at our building.
Sunset Tower Fire @ 4:02:22 pm

@ 4:04:18 pm
Sunset Tower Fire @ 4:04:18 pm

@ 4:36:58 pm: Taken from my car. Sunset is closed off at Argyle. Newsvans have converged (you can see the CBS2 newsvan in the very left of the image).
Sunset Tower Fire @ 4:36:58 pm

Posted by jozjozjoz at May 31, 2005 04:29 PM


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What a dramatic day! Hope nobody was hurt across the street

Posted by: fashmagslag at May 31, 2005 08:05 PM

glad no one was injured.

Posted by: zee at May 31, 2005 08:25 PM

Yikes!! Glad no one was hurt!

Posted by: Lisa at May 31, 2005 09:25 PM

ooh, you know, photos of burning buildings will always have a haunting effect on me.

but then, I also see brad and angelina on the building. ironically, there's smoke brewing between them.

glad to hear you're okay!

Posted by: joe at May 31, 2005 09:49 PM

I heard Mr. & Mrs. Smith was going to be a hot movie, but this is ridiculous!

Bad PR people, bad...

Posted by: sharky the kid at June 1, 2005 12:05 AM

I'm happy to hear you are okay. You people are dangerous around matches.

Posted by: Michael at June 1, 2005 08:32 AM

wow--glad no one was hurt!

Posted by: Ginny at June 1, 2005 08:57 AM

I bet this was all an elaborate stunt to promote Mr and Mrs Smith. Silly hollywoodians.

Posted by: orbicon at June 1, 2005 08:58 AM

Wow, thats kinda cool, the picture on the building... smoke isn't so cool tho. :/

Posted by: Rachel in AZ (formally of Alaska) at June 2, 2005 12:34 PM

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