Fire flares up with crews on roof of Calif. strip mall

Firefighters sawed through a metal gate to enter one of the strip mall units

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Firefighters sawed through a metal gate to enter a strip mall Monday morning as they responded to a commercial building fire.

NBC LA reported that the fire was reported around 6 a.m. and damaged at least one unit of a Hollywood strip mall. Firefighters used a circular saw to cut through the metal gate and entered the building, which was not occupied, according to the report.

Crews were on the roof when fire shot through a hole in the structure, sending black smoke above the neighborhood, according to the report. After white smoke cleared, aerial video showed a hole in the roof of one unit and the fire appeared to be knocked down by 6:45 a.m. 

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