A pickup truck slammed into a restaurant at a strip mall in Compton on Tuesday morning. The driver fled the scene.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who drove his truck into hell and may have started a fire.

Witnesses reported seeing a man about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday drive an older-model white Chevy pickup through the glass storefront of El Infierno restaurant-– el infierno means hell in Spanish -– then run off.

Seconds after the crash, a fire erupted inside the eatery, charring the building and damaging neighboring businesses, police said.

The Compton Fire Department was investigating the fire as arson, but no one has been arrested yet.

The restaurant received major structural damage, said Lt. Kevin Walk.

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joseph.serna@latimes.com