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Fire in a common attic burns down liquor store, damages beauty supply business

12/3/2011, 6:21 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--A fire inside the attic of a one-story strip mall in South Los Angeles this morning damaged two businesses, but didn't hurt anybody, according to fire officials.

Firefighters responded to 8712 Western Avenue at 3:56 a.m., said fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey. They discovered heavy smoke coming from a liquor store at the north end of a six-tenant row of businesses.

The fire, in a common attic, was put out in about 35 minutes by 119 firefighters, Humphrey said.

Firefighters confined the bulk of the fire to the liquor store, allowing only minor damage extension to a beauty supply business.
The four other businesses sustained no damage, and there were no injuries, he said. No damage estimate was immediately available, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.