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Fire tears through Office Depot store during business hours

December 4, 2011 |  8:07 am

A fire ripped through an Office Depot in West Los Angeles, forcing an evacuation of weekend shoppers and causing an estimated $1.75 million in damages but no injuries, authorities said.

The blaze began at about 5:25 p.m. Saturday at the store on the 2200 block of South Barrington.

"It was very fortunate that the store employees and management took appropriate action to evacuate when the fire started," said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

More than 100 firefighters fought for more than an hour to extinguish the blaze, keeping it from spreading to nearby businesses, including a swimming pool supply store containing chemicals that could have produced noxious fumes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by LAFD's arson division.

— Abby Sewell