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Reseda strip mall fire 'suspicious,' fire department official says

November 11, 2011 | 11:33 am

Photo: A fire destroyed a strip mall in Reseda. Credit: KTLA-TV A fire that ripped through a Reseda strip mall Thursday night has been deemed “suspicious” and Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators will be combing the debris throughout Friday in an attempt to determine exactly what caused it, a fire official said.

The fire at 18715 W. Sherman Way erupted about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, said Matt Spence, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. It took 90 minutes for 134 firefighters to douse the blaze. No one was hurt.

The fire destroyed an auto-parts store, Padco Brake and Parts. Two neighboring businesses sustained smoke and water damage. A seafood restaurant and bakery are listed as tenants in the strip mall.

Spence said arson investigators had been going through the wreckage Friday morning and determined so far that the fire was “suspicious in nature,” Spence said.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Spence said, and “there may be more information later in the day.”

Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to call the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson Counter-Terrorism Section at (213) 893-9800.

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Photo: A fire destroyed a strip mall in Reseda. Credit: KTLA-TV

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