3-Alarm Fire Destroys Building at Strip Mall in Unincorporated Whittier

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A commercial building in unincorporated Whittier was destroyed by a three-alarm fire that broke out early Wednesday, authorities said.

Los Angeles County firefighters battle a fire at a strip mall in unincorporated Whittier.

Firefighters responded to the 15000 block of Leffingwell Road after receiving a call reporting the fire at 3:18, said Inspector Scott Miller, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“This is a strip mall fire. It started in the attic of the Laundromat, spread throughout the building,” Miller said. He added, “We did have a partial collapse of the structure.”

The five-unit building is considered a total loss, fire officials said.

One firefighter suffered minor burns and was transported to a local hospital, according to Miller. Seventy-five firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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