Torrance Fire investigators have determined the cause of a blaze that led to a total loss of a business that was in the City of Torrance for almost 50 years.
Captain Robert Millea says they have confirmed the Big 5 Sporting Goods fire was due to an electrical problem. The Big 5 Sporting Goods located on Hawthorne Boulevard between 182nd and 190th streets went up in flames last Thursday evening.
Millea says as fire fighters arrived on scene at about 8 p.m., there was only so much they could do. With flames coming out through the roof, it took 44 fire fighters to knock it down. Officials say the fire began in the Big 5 Sporting Goods storage room.
The store was closed at the time of the fire. Nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution. No injuries were reported.