Firefighters needed 45 minutes to extinguish a fire in a strip mall in Koreatown that had previously burned and caused a portion of the building to collapse.
The fire was reported in the 200 block of South Vermont Avenue, near Third Street, at 12:08 a.m., according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Firefighters anticipated the collapse and were able to clear the area, Stewart said.
A wall showed signs of buckling, Stewart said, but there was no report it came down.
The fire was contained to a unit on the south end of the strip mall, she said.
A total of 71 firefighters battled the flames and a knockdown was called at 12:53 a.m., Stewart said.
Arson investigators responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.
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