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Fire at South Los Angeles hardware store under investigation

January 8, 2012 | 12:45 pm

Arson investigators were attempting to determine what caused a fire that burned part of a South Los Angeles hardware store late Saturday night.

More than a hundred firefighters were required to extinguish the blaze that began about 9:30 p.m.  and burned Jalisco Hardware in the 100 block of West Florence Boulevard, fire officials said. Firefighters were able to save most of the business’ contents.

No one was hurt in the blaze that caused an estimated $275,000 in damage to the store. It was unclear whether other businesses also suffered significant damages.

The fire began amid rubbish and flammable construction materials behind a strip of one-story businesses, quickly spread to threaten the businesses and took an hour to put out, fire officials said.


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