A greater-alarm fire heavily damaged a vacant commercial building in the North Hollywood area that formerly housed a restaurant, and two people were detained for questioning.
The fire was reported in the 6200 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard about 6:40 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Firefighters doused the flames in just over two hours, and prevented them from spreading to other structures. No injuries were reported.
About 45 minutes after the fire began, the LAFD reported that the building partially collapsed and the firefighting effort shifted to a defensive operation. The building had been damaged by fire previously, officials said.
According to the LAFD, the building formerly housed the Lamplighter Family Restaurant.
“The building sustained heavy damage during an extended period of fire that weakened the structural integrity, causing a substantial collapse,” the LAFD said in a statement.
“Approximately eight other small fires in the same area, within the span of approximately an hour, are being investigated alongside this one by LAFD Arson Investigators, however there is currently no evidence connecting these fires,” the LAFD said.
“It is still early in the investigation, and fire Investigators are working closely with LAPD to gather evidence and track all leads,” the LAFD said. “One person of interest has been detained for questioning.”
A man was seen in handcuffs being taken into custody by law enforcement personnel in the area.
The Los Angeles Police Department later announced that a second person had also been detained for questioning in connection with the investigation.
Heavy equipment was sent to the scene to assist firefighters with the overhaul process.