Commercial fire breaks out in Compton
No injuries reported
COMPTON, Calif.—A two-alarm blaze roared through a commercial building in Compton last night, quickly forcing firefighters to go into defensive mode to protect surrounding structures, a Downey dispatcher said.
The fire was reported at 9:26 p.m. at an apparently vacant building in the 500 block of East Rosecrans Avenue, said a dispatcher for the city of Downey, which handles calls for the Compton Fire Department.
The first arriving Compton unit called for a second alarm response and reinforcements arrived from Downey and Vernon, the Downey dispatcher said.
A witness at the scene noted there were units from Santa Fe Springs and Los Angeles County as well. The dispatcher said there were six to seven engines and two aerial trucks, and other units moved up to fill the stations of the trucks fighting the fire.
The blaze was declared knocked down at 11:05 p.m., the dispatcher said.
No injuries were immediately reported.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
COMPTON, Calif. — A fire broke out today in a commercial building in Compton, possibly compromising power lines, county fire officials said.
The blaze was reported at 3:24 p.m. in the 5000 block of Compton Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The structure was engulfed in flames and continued to burn as of 4 p.m., fire officials said.
There may be power lines down behind the burning building, fire officials said. Southern California Edison were dispatched to the scene.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Los Angeles County probation officers asked for help today in finding a parolee who threatened to kill school children.
Frank Edward Edmonds, 40, who authorities consider “extremely violent and an imminent public threat,” may be in Compton, South Los Angeles or Inglewood, his last known address.
COMPTON, Calif. — Former Compton Fire Department Deputy Chief Marcel Melanson is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on grand theft and arson charges related to a fire at the department’s headquarters.
Melanson is suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of Motorola radios, selling them online and intentionally setting the Dec. 11, 2011 fire to destroy evidence of the thefts, Steve Whitmore of the sheriff’s department said.
Two forums will be held to give voters an opportunity to hear the viewpoints of candidates in runoff elections in Compton.
The first is May 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the Compton City Council Chambers, 205 S. Willowbroook Ave.
The second will follow on May 25 at noon, also in the City Council Chambers.
The forums will feature mayoral runoff candidates Aja Brown versus former mayor Omar Bradley; and Second District Councilwoman Lillie Dobson facing off against challenger Isaac Galvan.
COMPTON, Calif. — A teenage girl was convicted today of two counts of first-degree murder for her role in the killings of her mother and stepfather in the family’s Compton mobile home.
Jurors deliberated for about four hours before reaching a verdict in the trial of Cynthia Alvarez, 16.