A car plowed into a bank at a Torrance intersection and ignited a three-alarm fire. Officers arriving at the scene were able to rescue the two occupants inside the vehicle from the fiery crash, an assistant fire chief said Saturday.
One of the occupants was rushed to an area hospital and that person’s condition was not immediately known, said Torrance Assistant Fire Chief Steve Treskes.
Firefighters and police were dispatched at 11:44 p.m. Friday, in response to a report of a vehicle into a Chase bank at Carson Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, Treskes said. “When they got on the scene, the vehicle was completely into the structure with two occupants inside the vehicle,” he said.
Firefighters arriving at the location reported the “rapid progression” of the fire and called for assistance from multiple fire agencies — the Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Los Angeles County fire departments.
Forty-six firefighters battled the blaze that was “active for about three to four hours,” Treskes said.
“Units are still out putting out hot spots,” he said.
A watch commander with the Torrance Police Department could not be reached for immediate comment.