TORRANCE (CNS) - A car plowed into a bank at a Torrance intersection and ignited a three-alarm fire, officials said today.
Firefighters and police were dispatched at 11:44 p.m. Friday, in response to a report of a vehicle into a Chase bank at Carson Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance Assistant Fire Chief Steve Treskes said.
Officers arriving at the scene were able to rescue the two occupants inside the vehicle from the fiery crash. The driver and a passenger were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.
“When they got on the scene, the vehicle was completely into the structure with two occupants inside the vehicle,” Treskes said.
Firefighters reported the rapid progression of the fire and called for assistance from multiple fire agencies the Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Los Angeles County fire departments.
Forty-six firefighters battled the blaze that was “active for about three to four hours,” Treskes said.
“Units are still out putting out hot spots,” he said.
Northbound Hawthorne Boulevard was closed from Carson Street to Del Amo Circle along with westbound lanes on Carson from Del Amo Circle to Hawthorne Boulevard. They were reopened at 5:30 p.m., according to a Torrance police desk officer.