East Hollywood  — At least 15 apartment house tenants have been forced into temporary shelter after a large fire broke out early this morning in a neighboring shopping center that had sustained heavy damage in a fire last year.

It took firefighters more than an hour to knockdown the fire that began at about 4:38 am in the vacant, 2-story strip mall at the southwest corner of Vermont and Fountain avenues, the L.A. Fire Department said.

Today’s fire destroyed virtually all of what was left of the shopping center following the blaze of March 2017.

Today’s fire damaged at least eight apartments in a neighboring 32-unit building building, said LAFD. No residents were injured but at least 15  have been displaced and are receiving assistance from the Red Cross.

One firefighter sustained a minor hip injury.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.


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