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May 6, 1989 | MEG SULLIVAN, Times Staff Writer
The threat of toxic fumes from a fire at a garden store forced 5,000 residents of this Ventura County farming community from their homes overnight, but they returned early Friday morning after the blaze had nearly burned itself out. Authorities are investigating the possibility of arson in the fire, which leveled Dewey's Garden Center and caused $250,000 damage as nearly half of the city's 11,000 residents were evacuated. A few spots still smoldered in the blackened rubble Friday as firefighters stood back, waiting for the fire, which was fueled by pesticides, herbicides and swimming pool supplies, to extinguish itself.
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