COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — A mother and daughter were missing but the rest of their family escaped after fire ravaged the large Southern California commercial and residential building where they lived early Monday.
Dogs from the coroner's office were being used to search the burned-out remains of the 5,000-square-foot building in Compton, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Scott Miller said.
The family of six lived in a converted loft on the second floor above an auto mechanic shop, which the father ran, Miller said. The father and three children managed to escape after the fire was sparked just before 2 a.m. They were unhurt.
The family members were the only people living in the building.
The fire on East Compton Boulevard burned for nearly an hour and a half, with flames shooting through the roof and sending up huge plumes of smoke.
"Packrat conditions" inside made it difficult for crews to get a handle on the blaze, Miller said.
"The contents of this building made this fire very hot," he said.
A firefighter was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Miller said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.