Streets around a Hollywood shopping center destroyed in a major fire will remain closed until 10 a.m. Monday while firefighters clear out equipment.
The fire at the West Hollywood Shopping Center at Hollywood Boulevard and State Road 7 started at around 1:45 p.m. Monday on the north end of the strip mall.
“The fire spread from one of the locations to three or four other locations and during the process, it appears there were some accelerants that sped the fire behavior and increased the fire,” said Hollywood Fire Rescue Chief Chris Del Campo.
“Even before I got here I saw the smoke from miles and miles away, not only that, the smell was very, very strong,” said shopper Dawn Brewster.
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Phillip Paniccia, another shopper, said, “I did see some flames about 10-foot high. That’s a good-sized fire.”
According to Hollywood Fire Rescue, at least seven businesses were damaged or destroyed, but everyone made it out unscathed.
“Pet Supermarket was involved. There were some reptiles and birds but no dogs or cats,” Del Campo said.
After the initial firefight, crews got the blaze under control. However, sometime late in the afternoon the fire flared back up — fueled by flammable material stored in an unoccupied business.