Fire Destroys Buildings at Site of Downey Rehabilitation Center Built in 1800s - NBC Southern California

Fire Destroys Buildings at Site of Downey Rehabilitation Center Built in 1800s

Rancho Los Amigos was founded in 1888 to serve families who could not afford medical services in Los Angeles

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    Four in Custody Following Downey Fire

    The fire at Ranchos Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center burned two buildings. Annette Arreola reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. on Monday June 26, 2017. (Published Monday, June 26, 2017)

    Two vacant buildings were engulfed in flames Monday at the 129-year-old Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, authorities said.

    The first fire was reported at 2:27 a.m. in a two-story building on the campus at 7601 E. Imperial Highway, according to a Downey Fire Department dispatcher. As they began fighting that fire, firefighters learned a building about a block away was also burning, the dispatcher said.

    The smaller building "collapsed on itself," he said. Firefighters put out the flames at 3:11 a.m. and extinguished the flames in the two-story building at 3:50 a.m., he said.

    No injuries were reported. Authorities are attempting to determine what caused the fires. 

    Watch: Fire Burns Historic Downey Buildings

    [LA] Watch: Fire Burns Historic Downey Buildings

    Fire burned two buildings at a former Downey rehabilitation center that dates to the late 1800s. The fire broke out early Monday June 26, 2017 at two vacant buildings on the site of the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. 

    (Published Monday, June 26, 2017)

    Four people were being questioned by authorities early Monday.

    Rancho Los Amigos was founded in 1888 to serve families who could not afford medical services, according to its website. It now specializes in rehabilitating patients who have suffered strokes and other injuries or ailments.

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