Video: Strip Mall Facade Collapses and Nearly Injures Firefighters


The facade of a strip mall on fire fell and nearly injured firefighters early Sunday morning.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1 call at 3:43 a.m. telling them that the one-block strip mall at 5918 Santa Monica Blvd. was on fire, the LAFD said. Firefighters were battling the flames from the front of the stores when the facade fell, which was caught on video (watch via LAFD's blog).

Firefighters found the electrical fire started in the utility room and extended into the attic at Herbs and Vitamins Araceli and adjacent E.H. Joyeria. About 12 minutes in, a radio warning by Battalion Chief Raymundo Gomez let the 86 firefighters battling the flames know the front of the building was going to collapse.

The fire was extinguished by 4:07 a.m., 24 minutes after it was reported. Damage was limited to the two businesses, estimated at $160,000.

No one was injured in the fire.