High Voltage Tattoo, the West Hollywood tattoo shop featured on Kat Von D‘s reality show LA Ink, went up in flames early Thursday morning. According to TMZ, the Los Angeles Fire Department received a call that the strip mall containing the shop was on fire.
Although ‘La Ink’ was cancelled in 2011, re-runs of the show still air on television and the shop remains one of the most popular places to get tattooed in LA.
TMZ reported that it took several hours for crews to put the flames out. Judging from this photo that helicopter photographer Kevin Takumi posted to his Twitter account early Thursday, it appears that the fire happened at the back of the building. Kat has two of the building’s four units.
It does not appear that anyone was inside the building when the fire started. TMZ later posted video of Kat and her friends arriving at the burnt-up shop to survey the damage. (She got upset when the paparazzi refused to stop filming her, which is understandable, considering she’s probably devastated. The site posted a video of her attacking one of the photographers.)
According to NBCLA, no injuries were reported due to the fire.
Kat has just addressed the fire on her Twitter account.
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger. @highvoltagetat,” she tweeted, along with a photo of the hands of the shop’s staff.
(Photo: Getty/Matthew Simmons)