Personnel from at least six local fire departments extinguished a two-alarm blaze early Thursday morning at an office building in Downey, authorities said. No injuries were reported.
Firefighters responded to the 10700 block of Paramount Boulevard, between 5th and 6th streets (map), about 2 a.m. following reports of smoke in the area, according to Battalion Chief Bruce English of the Downey Fire Department. The single-story structure’s north side and roof were was fully involved in flames when the firefighters arrived, he said.
After they entered the building and began battling the the flames from the interior, firefighters reported both the roof and “structural components” inside were collapsing, English said. The firefighters adopted a defensive posture, exited the building and continued their efforts from outside.
They were assisted by personnel from the Compton, Vernon, Montebello, Santa Fe Springs and Los Angeles County fire departments.
“We also were fighting components of a gas substance,” English said. Asked if a gas leak had possibly caused the blaze, he said: “We’re not sure. We have an arson investigator on scene.”