Two firefighters were injured while battling a four-alarm fire Thursday at a Monterey Park strip mall. Photo via OnScene.TV.
Two firefighters were injured while battling a four-alarm fire Thursday at a Monterey Park strip mall. Photo via OnScene.TV.

Two firefighters were resting comfortably at home Friday after sustaining minor injuries while battling a four-alarm fire at a Monterey Park strip mall where 10 of 13 businesses were total losses, authorities said.

No civilians were injured in the fire, reported about 1:30 a.m. Thursday in the 300 block of East Garvey Avenue, according to a Monterey Park Fire Department dispatcher. During the firefighting effort, part of the mall’s roof collapsed.

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The flames were extinguished by 4:30 a.m., the fire department reported.

About 40 people were evacuated from an apartment building just north of the fire scene, but they were allowed back into their residences about four hours later, police said.

The fire knocked out some electrical service in the area, including blacking out some traffic signals, but power was restored by about 7:30 a.m., police said.

Also, Garvey Avenue was blocked between Alhambra and Russell avenues, but the roadway was reopened about 7:30 a.m., police said.

A total of 85 firefighters responded to the blaze, with units from the Alhambra, San Marino, Pasadena, San Gabriel, Arcadia, Montebello, Los Angeles County and Vernon fire departments lending assistance.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

A damage estimate was not immediately available.

–City News Service

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