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Fire damages Sunset Boulevard strip club

December 4, 2008 |  7:40 am
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A fire broke out early this morning at the Body Shop, a landmark strip club in West Hollywood. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said the fire was reported at 6:46 a.m. at the club at 8250 Sunset Boulevard.

About 40 firefighters were battling the blaze, said Art Marrujo, a dispatch supervisor with Los Angeles County Fire. Television helicopters showed flames flaring through the roof. Firefighters said they didn't know what caused the fire.

"It's too early in the investigation to know," Marrujo said.

UPDATE: After about an hour, the fire was knocked down at 7:43 a.m., said L.A. County Fire Inspector Frank Garrido. No one was injured. Initial reports showed smoke and fire coming out of the building, with fire in the attic and flames through the roof of the single-story building, Garrido said.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while removing debris and extinguishing hot spots, Garrido said. "No burns, just scratches and cuts," Garrido said.

Garrido said the final cost of the fire will be determined later this week. Traffic on Sunset Boulevard was rerouted at Harper Avenue as firefighters battled the blaze. No other structures were involved, Garrido said.

-- Tami Abdollah

Photo: Al Seib/LA Times
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