Gordon Tokumatsu/ Khallid Shabazz/ Thomas Bravo
Arson investigators were looking into witness claims that someone threw a fire bomb at a West Hollywood office building, causing a fire that resulted in an estimated $2.5 million in damage. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from West Hollywood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.
Fire officials are investigating reports that a fire might have been deliberately set early Tuesday morning before it burned a two-story office building and forced the partial shutdown of a busy West Hollywood street.
Santa Monica Boulevard was closed between La Cienega Boulevard and Kings Road, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department, but reopened at 7:05 a.m.
LA County firefighters responded to the second alarm fire at 8430 Santa Monica Boulevard at 2:30 a.m. It took 100 firefighters nearly an hour to get the fire under control.
One witness, who remained anonymous, said he saw two people running from the scene after tossing a fire bomb into the building, but fire officials would not confirm whether that was true.
Two firefighters were injured while fighting the blaze, but the injuries are not considered life threatening.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and fire officials are looking into reports that the fire may have been deliberately set.
"We are looking at all possible causes," said Inspector Tony Akins, of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.