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Giant Harrison Ave commercial fire guts building

A fire engulfed an abandoned building in Pomona Monday night, sending smoke into the sky that could be seen throughout the region.

The two-alarm fire was first reported at 3:52 p.m. on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue, according to Humberto Agurcia of the LA County Fire Department.

Fire trucks could be seen along the perimeter of the building shooting water cannons into the east, north and west sides of the building. Mr. Agurcia told the COURIER that firefighters were on defensive attack until they could get the fire under control.

“We did have a little bit of a partial roof collapse,” Mr. Agurcia said.

Residents in the area claimed the building had been empty for over two years. Danny Cruz, who lives nearby, told the COURIER the structure was first used as a college, then as an office building before becoming vacant.

The COURIER will have more information on the incident as it becomes available.

Matthew Bramlett

news@claremont-courier.com