Firefighters battled a blaze at a commercial structure in the Pico-Robertson area of Los Angeles for more than two hours Friday afternoon, a blaze arson investigators believe might have been related to a possible illegal marijuana grow in the building.

Fire crews Friday battled a greater alarm blaze at a commercial structure in the Pico-Robertson area of Los Angeles. (CSBLA) According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the fire broke out at about 11:32 a.m. in the 9000 block of West Pico Boulevard.

The building, at the corner of Pico Boulevard and Crescent Avenue, was said to be a former synagogue that had been converted to a commercial building with a few businesses operating inside.

“It’s very sad to see this building go up in flames,” Shimon Ram, a witness, said. “We used to pray there and stuff.”

An elderly couple living in a single-family home behind the building were said to be unharmed after sheltering in the dwelling with first responders while crews battled the blaze.

Fire Crews Battle Greater Alarm Blaze At Former Pico-Robertson Synagogue; 1 Firefighter Taken To Hospital