Stubborn Monterey Park mall fire burns for hours

MONTEREY PARK — Two firefighters were injured while battling a four-alarm fire today at a Monterey Park strip mall.

The large structure fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. in the 300 block of East Garvey Avenue, according to a Monterey Park Fire Department dispatcher. Firefighters continued to battle the blaze more than three hours later, and part of the mall’s roof collapsed, according to reports from the scene.

The conditions of the injured firefighters were not immediately released officially, but ABC7 reported their injuries were minor.

About 40 people were evacuated from an apartment building just north of the fire scene, according to a Monterey Park police watch sergeant, but those people were being let back into their residences around 4:45 a.m.

The sergeant said power in the area is affected by the fire and he urged people to use caution while in that area.

Garvey Avenue is blocked indefinitely between Alhambra and Russell avenues, the dispatcher said.


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