Businesses in Downtown L.A. Strip Mall Damaged, Potential Suspect Detained

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Fire damaged businesses in a one-story commercial building in downtown Los Angeles this morning and a potential arson suspect was being questioned by authorities.

Firefighters were called to 803 W. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, near Grand Avenue, about 4 a.m. and found fire coming from the building, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire was declared a greater alarm structure fire about 4:30 a.m. as fire spread into several businesses through the roof in one section of the building, Stewart said.

A total of 83 firefighters worked to extinguish the flames and a knockdown was called at 4:48 a.m., she said.

A potential suspect was detained by Los Angeles police and being questioned by fire department arson investigators, Stewart said.

No injuries were reported.

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