Kat Von D Flips Out on Reporters After Tattoo Shop Fire

10/23/2014 10:50 AM PDT

Kat Von D went off on local news reporters outside her burned out tattoo shop -- making it clear she doesn't want ANYONE covering the story.

As we previously reported ... Kat's famous High Voltage tattoo parlor caught fire early this morning. It took firefighters several hours to knock down the blaze completely -- and local news has been outside the whole time.

But Kat showed up within the last hour, and went off on the media ... knocking the hat off a female photographer's head, and telling everyone -- including us -- to "have some respect."

Kat was asked if she knew what started the fire. Watch ... her only response is anger.