Photos posted on social media show that some of the retailers in the L-shaped building at the corner of Monterey Road and Avenue 60 suffered extensive damage. The Fresco Community Market across the parking lot was not damaged.
The fire, which began at about 4:30 a.m., spread through Aki Sushi and a neighboring dry cleaners and coin laundry, said Brian Humprey with the L.A. Fire Department. The damage to the neighboring businesses in the building is not clear.
More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze before putting it out in 76 minutes, according Humphrey. No injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation, he said.
Edwin Delcid, manager of the Fresco Market, said he arrived early this morning to find the street blocked with fire engines.
“I know the owners,” Delcid said of the tenants whose businesses were hit by the fire. “They are in shock. It’s really bad.”
His market opened for business as firefighters remained on the scene across the parking lot.
The vast majority of stores, restaurants and other retail businesses in Hermon, a small neighborhood located across the Arroyo Seco Parkway from Highland Park, operate out of the shopping center.
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