Firefighters knocked down a fire at a Newhall business on Arch Street within 30 minutes on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Gilbert Bernal/The Signal

Firefighters respond to commercial business fire

Firefighters knocked down a fire at a Newhall business within 30 minutes on Sunday evening.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department officials responded to reports of a commercial fire on the 24600 block of Arch Street at Eldorado Community Service Center, according to fire department officials, who did not name the business.

“The fire is in one unit at an office building,” Supervisor Bernard Peters said.

Witnesses on scene reported that the entire strip mall and surrounding businesses were evacuated.

LACoFD firefighters responded to a commercial fire in a strip mall on Arch St. after whitnesses called 911 to report the smell of smoke in the area, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Gilbert Bernal/The Signal.

“There was an alarm going off a few times,” said Milind Swami, an employee at a nearby liquor store. “They were saying they thought it was because the heater was overheating … All of a sudden, I was inside and saw smoke coming out, and I think someone called 911 before I did. I hope everything is OK.”

Fire officials called “knock down” of the fire at 5:55 p.m., according to Supervisor Ed Pickett with the Fire Department.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation, Pickett added.

Firefighters knocked down a fire at a Newhall business on Arch Street within 30 minutes on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Gilbert Bernal/The Signal

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