Fire ripped through a strip mall in the unincorporated View Park area of Los Angeles County Thursday morning, and sheriff’s arson and explosives experts were deployed to determine what sparked the blaze, authorities said.
The fire erupted at 12:31 a.m. in businesses in the 3800 block of West Slauson Avenue, said sheriff’s Deputy Trina Schrader. The fire went to a second alarm before firefighters declared a knockdown at 1:50 a.m., according to a County Fire dispatcher.
At least two businesses were affected, said Schrader, and detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson Explosives Detail were dispatched to investigate the cause of the fire.
“The fire scene investigation was hampered by a partial roof collapse and large air conditioning equipment that was precariously suspended from the roof of the structure,” a sheriff’s statement said.
“The fire appeared to have started from inside the structure towards the rear,” the statement said. “There are no indications that the fire was intentionally set.”
Anyone with information on the fire was urged to call the sheriff’s Arson Explosives Detail at (213) 229-1850, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.