A fire roared through the second floor of an East Hollywood strip mall and threatened nearby apartments before it was brought under control early Tuesday morning, officials said.
Approximately 100 firefighters were able to gain control of the blaze near the intersection of Fountain and Vermont Avenues around 5 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters were able to prevent the flames, which began in a business on the second floor of a strip mall at 4569 Fountain Avenue sometime after 4 a.m., from spreading to an adjacent four-story apartment complex.
No injuries had been reported as of 6 a.m., according to the LAFD, and arson investigators were en route...
Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings said the firefighter reassignments are needed to reshape the Fire Department to match the agency's workload, which has shifted from fighting fires to primarily responding to calls for emergency medical help.