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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A fire caused about $400,000 in damage at a Santa Clarita recycling center, fire officials said Saturday. The blaze at Quality Paper Fiber at Soledad Canyon Road and Oak Avenue began at 8 p.m. Friday and was mostly contained by 10 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. More than three acres of paper, cardboard and plastic products were burned. The cause is unknown.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2001
A fire at a Santa Clarita recycling center burned at least three acres containing mostly paper, cardboard and plastic products late Friday evening, authorities said. The blaze at Quality Paper Fiber at Soledad Canyon Road and Oak Avenue began shortly after 8 p.m. The cause of the blaze was not known, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Elvin Miranda. At 10 p.m., firefighters had contained the fire, but were still fighting it. One firefighter received a minor hand injury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2001
Arson investigators were probing a fire that nearly destroyed a Montebello apartment building Thursday, after witnesses reported seeing at least one person throwing a Molotov cocktail into the building, authorities said. About 40 people were left homeless by the blaze, and several dozen others in an adjacent apartment complex were temporarily evacuated, said Capt. Bruce English of the Downey Fire Department. No one was injured, he said. The fire started about 4:50 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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