WeHo Structure Fire stops Melrose Ave and San Vicente Blvd

WeHo structure fire

A WeHo structure fire at the 8600 block of Melrose Avenue on the streets to move early morning traffic around 6 a.m. West Hollywood Sheriffs and LA County Fire Department were at the scene.

“HELLO #WeHoreads a post on West Hollywood Sheriff’s social media platforms. “Please use alternate routes, currently Melrose Ave is closed between Huntley Dr and Robertson Blvd. Thanks for your patience !”

WeHo Structure Fire – WHDLASD Twitter Screenshot
WeHo structure fire

Road closures also included San Vicente Boulevard at Rosewood Avenue for northbound traffic. Commuters were encouraged to take alternative routes.

The fire started primarily at the Zinc Cafe & Market located at 8607 Melrose Avenue. According to a source, there was no serious fire damage to the building. Gas tanks exploded aft and there was also electrical damage which left the building without power. They will stop until they restore the electricity and make some repairs.

Neighboring business, Du Vin Wine & Spirits, located at 540 N San Vicente Boulevard, suffered fire damage to the side of its building, but is mostly unharmed thanks to the fire department’s quick response of Los Angeles County. The building has not been red-marked and may continue to operate for business.

The streets were opened to traffic around 10 a.m. It is not yet known what started the fire. A source says it appears to be electric, but that is still under investigation.

WeHo structure fire
WeHo structure fire

There was another fire earlier this week, not far from this recent structure fire, in the parking lot at 8730 Santa Monica Boulevard. The West Hollywood Sheriff reported it was an arson attack and the suspect who allegedly torched two vehicles and attempted to light a third was arrested days later. A source told WEHO TIMES that a ring camera in one of the vehicles recorded the suspect stuffing wads of paper into the vehicles and setting them on fire. The video footage was turned over to sheriff’s deputies and was helpful in leading to an arrest three days later.

This is a reminder to have a fire escape plan and make sure to keep important documents safe from fire damage by investing in a fireproof safe.