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SIMI VALLEY : Arsonist Blamed for 2-Alarm Fire at Club

September 21, 1993|JULIE FIELDS

An arsonist sparked a two-alarm blaze at a Simi Valley nightclub early Monday morning, marking the third time in a month that firefighters have been called to the club, fire officials said.

The latest fire at Cheers at 1308 E. Los Angeles Ave. was reported about 12:48 a.m., about 20 minutes after the last employees had left, manager Michael Mirabal said.

Forty-two firefighters with seven engine companies fought the two-hour blaze, which damaged a storage area at the rear of the club, said Vicki Crabtree, dispatching supervisor.

Fire investigators estimated that the flames caused $20,000 in damage to the building and burned another $20,000 worth of property inside. But Mirabal said the actual damage tally could be much higher.

The nightclub will remain closed until the fire and smoke damage is repaired, he said.

In the past month, firefighters have doused two other suspicious fires at Cheers, including one that broke out last Thursday.

"We're honestly baffled by this whole thing," Mirabal said.

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