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Firefighters Fight Blaze At WeHo Office Building, Witnesses Reported Seeing 'Molotov Cocktails'
Two firefighters were injured early this morning as they battled a fire that took out a 2-story building in West Hollywood in what authorities suspect was started by arson. The office was occupied by a building management company and talent agency.
Authorities were notified around 2:30 a.m. that a structure at 8430 Santa Monica Blvd. (about two blocks east of La Cienega Blvd.) was on fire, according to KTLA. There were about 100 firefighters that worked to quell the blaze in what took them nearly an hour. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.
Investigators are looking into whether the fire was started by an act of arson. A witness, Mitch Jackson, told KABC that he saw two men throw something at the building and then fled the scene:
"I couldn't see what they were throwing, but whatever it was, it was heavy enough to break the window. I heard it three times," Jackson described. "The third time I saw the guy throwing something, and it just burst into flames."
Gigi Graciette of KTTV tweeted there were "reports of men seen throwing Molotov cocktails":