Fire destroys moving business in Santa Ana

A three-alarm fire destroyed a moving business Wednesday in Santa Ana but no one was injured.

The business, Discount Movers, shares a building with a Sherwin-Williams paint store, which was not affected by the fire as the two businesses are separated by a firewall.

"It did its job,'' said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz.

The blaze was reported at 2:25 a.m. in the area of Bristol and Hesperian streets, where arriving crews saw flames shooting through the roof of Discount Movers, according to Kurtz. About 75 firefighters took a defensive position around the building and doused the flames from the exterior.

Crews were near achieving knockdown of the blaze around 4:15 a.m., but Kurtz said firefighters needed to go inside and check for hot spots.

The fire prompted authorities to block the Bristol Street off-ramp from the eastbound Garden Grove (22) Freeway.

About 6 a.m., surface street traffic was allowed through the area on northbound Bristol Street, but the freeway offramp leading to both directions of Bristol Street remained closed, as was southbound Bristol Street in the area of the fire, the CHP reported.

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