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Fire out in Westchester building [Updated]

July 20, 2009 |  8:14 am

Arson investigator

[Updated at 8:50 a.m.: Fire officials confirmed that the building housed a medical marijuana operation, and added that the structure was two stories, not one.]

Firefighters put out a blaze that broke out this morning in a one-story commercial building in Westchester.

150531.ME.0720.fire.04 Although there were media reports that the building contained a marijuana dispensary or plant-growing operation, fire officials could not confirm that early this morning.

No injuries were reported in the 5:34 a.m. fire, which occurred in the 8900 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, said Rich Matheney, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was contained by 6:03 a.m.

The cause was under investigation, and a damage estimate was not immediately available, Matheney said.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

Photos: (top) Arson investigators use a dog named Major to search for accelerants. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

(bottom) The building's smoke-damaged door. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times