LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – An arson suspect has been detained in connection with a greater-alarm fire which broke out at a strip mall in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning.

July 14, 2020. (CBSLA)

The blaze sparked before 4 a.m. in a one-story commercial building in the 800 block of West Chavez Avenue.

L.A. Fire Department crews responded to find the flames spreading to several units of the building and burning through the roof.

It took 83 firefighters to knock it down in 52 minutes, the fire department said. The strip mall appeared to house a pharmacy, dental clinic and a shoe store.

An arson suspect was detained at the scene by LAPD officers. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

There were no injuries. The extent of the damage from the fire was not confirmed.


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