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April 27, 2001 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police arrested a homeless man on suspicion of setting a fire Thursday at an Inglewood furniture store, and authorities said the 34-year-old man may have set at least one other fire there. The morning fire at Furniture Outlet in the 200 block of North La Brea Avenue appears to have started in a dumpster at the rear of the store, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Richard Leuck. Damage to the building is estimated at $300,000. The Regent, a nearby hotel, evacuated its guests.
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April 24, 2001 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California gasoline prices continued to spiral higher in the last week because of a shift in pricing strategy by a key retailer and swelling demand in advance of the summer driving season, gasoline market watchers said Monday. The ominous price spike in the last several weeks hints at another summer of costly car trips with a few prognosticators looking for gasoline to hit $3 a gallon or more.
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April 24, 2001 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A huge mushroom of black smoke rose from a Carson refinery fire late Monday afternoon, blanketing Long Beach in a dark, sooty haze and traveling well into Orange County. No injuries were reported in the spectacular blaze, which erupted in a coker unit at the Tosco Corp. refinery about 4:50 p.m. The cause was under investigation. There were no evacuations and the fire was nearly out by 8 p.m. The billowing smoke, which rose to 3,000 feet, was the most dramatic aspect of the blaze.
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April 10, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A wheelchair-bound Lancaster man died Monday from burns suffered in a fire at his home, authorities said. David Wilkinson, 45, whose left side was paralyzed, was asleep on the living room couch about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when it caught fire, said fire officials and Rita Dingman, the landlord's daughter. Firefighters pulled Wilkinson from the burning home in the 1100 block of Oldfield Street, said Ed Pickett, a Los Angeles County Fire Department supervising dispatcher.
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April 5, 2001
A blaze at a pet grooming business in Norwalk on Wednesday morning killed 28 dogs and cats and sent as many as 23 to animal hospitals, authorities said. Most of the pets died from smoke inhalation after a fire broke out shortly before 7:40 a.m. at Anna's Pet Grooming in the 12000 block of Firestone Boulevard, said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Mike Brown. The owner of the store, who spotted the fire as she arrived, was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation and released, Brown said.
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March 19, 2001
Inglewood school police arrested a juvenile Sunday afternoon just minutes after a fire was set that severely damaged a classroom at Crozier Middle School. Police would not reveal the juvenile's name or age, nor say whether he is a student at Crozier. The fire has been ruled an arson. The school will be open today, police said. About 50 firefighters responded to the school on North Grevillea Avenue about 1:30 p.m.
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March 11, 2001
An elderly Pasadena couple were hospitalized Saturday in critical condition, suffering from smoke inhalation after a fire burned part of their home late Friday, officials said Saturday. When Pasadena firefighters responded to the blaze in the 1300 block of La Loma Road about 10:45 p.m., they found a woman on the floor in the kitchen, where she had collapsed. They found her unconscious husband in the bedroom, where they administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive him, officials said.
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February 28, 2001
A stubborn fire raged through a building containing a picture-framing store and a beauty salon in Beverly Hills on Monday, forcing occupants to flee and injuring two firefighters. The fire, which started in a common attic of the building at Santa Monica Boulevard and Canon Drive shortly before noon, was still smoldering four hours later, despite the efforts of scores of firefighters from Beverly Hills and the city of Los Angeles. The cause of the blaze was not immediately determined.
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February 22, 2001 | ELISE GEE and THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An elderly bedridden woman and her caretaker daughter died as they tried to escape an early morning fire Wednesday in their Belmont Heights home in Long Beach. Eileen French, 90, and Christine Hill, 70, lived in the two-story home at 4827 Colorado St., said Battalion Chief Rick Pillsbury of the Long Beach Fire Department. Both women were frail and restricted their activity to the first floor of the home, neighbors said.
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February 19, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
Actress Drew Barrymore and her fiance, comedian Tom Green, escaped an early-morning fire that gutted her 3,500-square-foot home in a canyon north of Beverly Hills. The fire began at 3:25 a.m. and engulfed both stories of the home, causing about $700,000 in damage. The couple were uninjured. "We're great," Barrymore told reporters at the scene. "Other than the fact that the home burned down," Green quipped as the couple left the Franklin Canyon property.
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