Firefighters knocked down a stubborn, three- alarm structure fire this morning that caused a partial collapse of a two-story Moreno Valley strip mall and destroyed 14 out of the 17 businesses there. 

The fire was reported at 11:35 p.m. Friday in the mall at Indian Street and Sunnymead Boulevard, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. 

A third-alarm was called at 11:58 p.m. due to intense fire conditions and the size of the building. Riverside city and Corona fire departments sent units to assist the county in fighting the blaze, officials said. 

A total of 75 firefighters were on the scene. At 12:08 a.m. Saturday, firefighters reported about one-fourth of the structure had collapsed but that all firefighters were accounted for. 

The fire was under control at 2:02 a.m., according to the RCFD, adding that there were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. The cause of the fire was under investigation.


By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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