Fire Fanned by Strong Winds Destroys Lancaster Antique Store

Firefighters battle a blaze on the 6800 block of West Avenue I in Lancaster on April 9, 2019. (Credit: Los Angeles County Fire Department/ Twitter)

Firefighters battle a blaze on the 6800 block of West Avenue I in Lancaster on April 9, 2019. (Credit: Los Angeles County Fire Department/ Twitter)

Strong winds fanned a fire burning a patch of grass in Lancaster, pushing it onto a nearby one-story antique store, which led to the structure’s roof collapsing Tuesday, authorities said.

Firefighters were seen battling a heavy fire at the building located on the 6800 block of West Avenue I, where the fire started to burn at around 3:35 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department said, describing heavy smoke and fire conditions.

Photos showed a cloud of thick black smoke blowing from the store, where several pieces of wooden furniture can be seen charred and broken on the lawn.

Fire officials reported a roof collapse about an hour after the fire started and a fire department helicopter arrived at the scene to assist with extinguishing the blaze.

The department reported that the fire was out  just before 7 p.m., and said no injuries were reported.

The aftermath of the fire can be seen in video that shows the structure almost completely destroyed. A dozer was moving though the fire-charred area, assisting with salvage and overhaul, fire officials said.

Around 50 minutes after the fire was reported, officials requested additional resources to battle another grass fire just a few miles away on the 45000 block of Denmore Avenue in Lancaster, according to the fire department.

Officials reported 20 mph winds fanning the fires.

It is unclear what ignited the blaze.

No further information was immediately available.

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