NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California – Firefighters battled a fire in North Hollywood for over three hours. Additionally, the incident occurred occurred on Monday morning.
Furthermore, the fire tore through a strip mall in a popular shopping district. Fortunately, firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Initially, officials first responded to a call about the event around 5:30 a.m. Moreover, the fire occurred in a one-story building. Additionally, this building has been standing since the 1930’s.
Los Angeles Fire Capt. Erik Scott said the blaze occurred on the 5200 block of Lankershim Blvd.
Unfortunately, Tokyo Delves Sushi Bar received the most damage as a result of the fire. Brianna Mira is the daughter of the owners of this restaurant. She said, “I’ve spent the last five years working with my dad here, and I grew up here, so really emotional.”
Furthermore, at around 7 a.m., two men were arrested near the scene. Officials claim they are owners of the affected businesses. Moreover, they got into an altercation. Currently, the reasons for that altercation are unknown.
Officials claim 113 firefighters responded to the scene. Fortunately, they extinguished the fire as of 8:30 a.m.
Scott said, “What we have here behind is a large row of one-story commercial buildings…very tall. What we do have is approximately five of those businesses that are under flame-impingement at this point. We’ve called for waves of additional firefighters…this is what we call a major emergency structure fire.”
Scott added, “These are different types of businesses, from restaurants to pubs…they have a lot of different types of material inside — synthetics, tables, chairs — so there’s a heavy fire load inside.”
Currently, the cause of the fire is unknown.