A brush hearth broke out in Los Angeles on Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of the long-lasting Griffith Observatory earlier than scores of firefighters contained the blaze.
A suspected arsonist was detained by police, though he has not been arrested, LAPD informed CBS.
The fireplace broke out round 2:45 p.m. native time and was initially confined to a small 50-by-100 foot space within the 2600 block of North Nottingham Avenue, LA hearth officers informed CBS.
By 4 p.m. the fireplace unfold to about 6 acres, nevertheless it was shortly contained by roughly 100 firefighters who responded to the scene.
“Almost all energetic flame has been eradicated and ahead progress stopped after one hour and twelve minutes,” the fireplace division stated.
Video from the scene reveals flames and smoke rising close to the observatory, which was inbuilt 1933. Workers had been evacuated as the fireplace started quickly spreading.
“Griffith Observatory has now been evacuated and Park Rangers are aiding with public security by retaining hikers from coming into the close by trails. No houses have been evacuated,” the fireplace division stated in an announcement.
Two water-dumping helicopters had been deployed to place out hotspots, video reveals.