Rolando Jacobo, 41, the owner of nearby memorial headstone store Oakland Monuments, opened at 10 a.m. Saturday but had spent most of his morning standing outside his store, watching firefighters pull debris from a burned-out warehouse.
"I saw the fire when I was passing on the freeway last night, and I didn't know if it was my building on fire," he said.
Lee Leon, 50, a custodian at the Native American Health Center, got a call at 2 a.m. from a friend who also was driving on freeway and saw the fire. Leon arrived at the Health Center, about a block away from the fire, shortly after 2. He took photos and called his boss to let him know that the Health Center was fine.