SAN GABRIEL (CBSLA.com) — Flames tore through a strip mall Thursday night in San Gabriel and injured two firefighters.
The 3-alarm fire started around 7:20 p.m. and may have began as a vehicle fire.
The blaze quickly spread through a strip mall in the 200 block of South San Gabriel Boulevard, which was closed a block in both directions, as thick, plumes of smoke blanketed the area.
A Chinese gift shop. a T-Mobile store, and another business have been gutted by the flames, according to SKY9’s Stu Mundel. The gift shop has been in business for decades.
Crews from South Pasadena and Monterey Park were assisting the San Gabriel Fire Department in keeping the blaze from spreading to nearby businesses. Firefighters were in a defensive posture, using ladder-mounted hoses to pour water on the fire from outside the structure.
Two firefighters have been injured, one suffering from smoke inhalation and the other hurt after he touched a chain link fence connected to a live wire. They were said to be in stable condition.