A fire ravaged through a San Gabriel strip mall on May 16 and destroyed four restaurants. The blaze started in the Valley and New Center mall at Valley Boulevard and New Avenue. An Eater tipster observed that MPV BBQ Seafood, Ludingii, Thousands Tasty, and the recently closed Yung Ho were among the affected businesses.
According to the Pasadena Star News, the fire was reported at 6:30 a.m. Authorities reported no injuries, but the flames seared through the roof, which eventually collapsed. Firefighters surrounded the building to flood it with water and protect the adjacent buildings. This was a group effort, as San Gabriel firefighters worked with emergency personnel from Alhambra, Montebello, and Pasadena personnel. The crew took two hours to distinguish the blaze.
The Valley and New Center Mall housed a number of businesses, including the Cantonese MPV BBQ Seafood. Yunnan beef rice noodles were the fare at Ludingji, Thousands Tasty served banquet-style Cantonese, while Yung Ho made Taiwanese breakfasts. This neighborhood has some notable restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, with 101 Noodle Express and Shanghai No 1 Seafood Village only blocks away from the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.