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October 1, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
One firefighter was injured early Tuesday when a fire ripped through a strip mall in Whittier, destroying the five-unit building. Firefighters rushed to the 15000 block of Leffingwell Road about 3:20 a.m., KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported. “It started in the attic of the laundromat [and] spread throughout the building,” Los Angeles Fire Department Inspector Scott Miller told KTLA. “We did have a partial collapse of the structure.” The blaze burned until dawn, finally being extinguished at 6:30 a.m., NBC4 reported.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters Wednesday night were battling a massive fire that sent flames and smoke into the air at a Hawthorne strip mall. The three-alarm blaze was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the 12000 block of South Hawthorne Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Smoke and fire were showing when the first crews arrived, Inspector Anthony Akins said. The huge blaze lit the nighttime sky as firefighters, perched on aerial ladders, blasted streams of water onto the flames.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters Wednesday night were battling a massive fire that sent flames and smoke into the air at a Hawthorne strip mall. The three-alarm blaze was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the 12000 block of South Hawthorne Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Smoke and fire were showing when the first crews arrived, Inspector Anthony Akins said. The huge blaze lit the nighttime sky as firefighters, perched on aerial ladders, blasted streams of water onto the flames.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Confirmation that two members of the McStay family who went missing in 2010 were found buried in the desert outside Victorville brought a small measure of peace to family members. But they said they are determined to know who killed them. While confirming the identities of Joseph McStay, 42, and his wife, Summer, 45, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon would not say whether the two other sets of skeletal remains discovered at the site were that of the couple's children, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3. PHOTOS: Mystery over a family that disappeared "It gives us courage to know that they're together and they're in a better place," said Joseph McStay's brother, Mike McStay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
A security guard was shot and killed near a liquor store in a Panorama City strip mall, Los Angeles police said Thursday night. The guard was gunned down shortly before 10 p.m. in the 15000 block of Roscoe Boulevard, Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department told The Times. It was not immediately known what sparked the violence. Homicide detectives were en route to the crime scene late Thursday. Since January 2007, at least 15 homicides have been reported in Panorama City, according to a Times Homicide Report database . Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call (877)
MAGAZINE
July 13, 2003 | DAVID WOLLOCK
Many regard L.A.'s mini-mall proliferation as a blight spawned by our car culture, but did you know that these architectural eyesores house some of the best "dive" bars in town? Weeks of painstaking research produced the following list of holes-in-the-mall, most offering cheap drinks, dim orange lighting, legions of loyal customers and on-site parking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Firefighters took an hour to knock down a blaze that broke out in a strip mall, Jim Wells of the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The fire at 20177 W. Saticoy St., reported at 1:20 p.m., was put out at 2:22 p.m., Wells said. Fire crews had to contend with triple-digit temperatures as they worked to extinguish the flames. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion. The strip mall contained a shoe store and a medical facility, where the most of the fire first took place, Wells said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at a one-story strip mall around noon Sunday, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said. Ten fire companies and four rescue ambulances responded to the blaze in the 5400 block of Whitsett Avenue and extinguished it in 27 minutes, preventing significant damage to the four mall units, depart- ment spokesman Brian Ballton said. Officials reported no injuries. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fire in a Tarzana strip mall early Sunday caused about $75,000 in damage, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. No one was injured in the blaze at Tarzana Plaza, in the 19000 block of Ventura Boulevard, Fire Department spokesman Bob Collins said. Investigators believe that an electrical short in the building's attic caused the fire. About 75 firefighters were dispatched to the scene shortly after receiving a call at 3:34 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2010 | By Michael J. Mishak and Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A mother putting her toddler into a car seat was killed and six men were wounded Tuesday in a rolling gun battle that started inside a Sacramento barber shop. FOR THE RECORD: Sacramento shootings: An article in the Dec. 15 LATExtra section about a shootout at a Sacramento strip mall gave incorrect call letters for a local television station. The station is KOVR Channel 13, not KVOR. ? At least two armed men walked into Fly Cuts and Styles and opened fire just before 1 p.m., authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
One firefighter was injured early Tuesday when a fire ripped through a strip mall in Whittier, destroying the five-unit building. Firefighters rushed to the 15000 block of Leffingwell Road about 3:20 a.m., KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported. “It started in the attic of the laundromat [and] spread throughout the building,” Los Angeles Fire Department Inspector Scott Miller told KTLA. “We did have a partial collapse of the structure.” The blaze burned until dawn, finally being extinguished at 6:30 a.m., NBC4 reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Frank Shyong
A man in his 50s was arrested shortly after midnight Thursday in connection with six fires started within about an hour along Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  The suspect was spotted by authorities and taken into custody near the intersection of Katherine Avenue and Moorpark Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. J. Hensley.  Reports of rubbish fires began as early as 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Around 9 p.m., fire crews fought back a blaze that started in the back of a strip mall in the 13900 block of Ventura Boulevard.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Los Angeles is known for its endless miles of faceless strip malls. However, true Angelenos know that greatness often lurks in the midst of all that beige paint and unappealing signage. And we react with the pleasure of true urban explorers when we stumble across a hidden gem in this tangled concrete jungle of ours. That's just how I felt when I visited Jay's Bar in Silver Lake on a recent Friday evening. The place quietly opened in February. So quietly, in fact, that it completely evaded my razor-sharp bar radar (let's call it my "bardar")
BUSINESS
July 28, 2013 | Shan Li
Diego Porqueras' Deezmaker store in Pasadena is a geeky version of Santa's workshop, brimming with action figures, chess pieces and jewelry. But instead of relying on elves, Porqueras has built his own one-man factory using 3-D printers capable of churning out plastic objects within a few hours. He sells the printers, which go for as little as $650, at the shop, which opened in September in a strip mall. The 37-year-old entrepreneur is part of an emerging industry for affordable 3-D printers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Los Angeles firefighters rescued animals Monday morning from a burning pet store in East Hollywood. Puppies, rabbits and fish were among those saved after a fire broke out around 6 a.m. in the strip mall housing Kim's Pets & Fish at 1193 N. Vermont Ave. A neighbor told media members that some people tried to steal the puppies as they were being brought out of the burning building. It took firefighters about an hour to douse the flames, which destroyed an attic above the pet store and another business.  It was not immediately clear whether any animals had perished.
HOME & GARDEN
June 1, 2013 | By Warren Dennis
"You're taller than I remembered. " After 40 years it may seem like a strange greeting, but after four decades memory becomes, at best, a series of snapshots. I, on the other hand, knew her at once. A 60ish version of the girl from the 1960s. My lost love. We met in our early 20s. She was tall, slim, smart, funny with this great laugh. She also wanted someone who was not me. She had a wicked way of talking about the men in her life, defining them by the cars they drove. "I'm going out with the Trans-Am tonight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Fire started by an electrical problem caused an estimated $700,000 damage to a strip mall, city fire officials said Monday. Ninety-five Los Angeles firefighters responded to the blaze Sunday night in the 6100 block of Lankershim Boulevard. A discount clothing and shoe store, a dry cleaner and a video store sustained fire damage and a self-service laundry sustained water damage, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. No injuries were reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A fire at a strip mall Sunday injured two people and caused $1.4 million in damage, authorities said. An unidentified man was seriously burned and taken to a nearby hospital, and a firefighter suffered minor injuries and was treated, according to the Glendale Fire Department. Investigators have not determined the cause of the blaze, which was reported at 6:39 a.m. in the 4100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By Diana Marcum and Joseph Serna
Calaveras County prosecutors said they are waiting for police to hand over evidence in an 8-year-old girl's gruesome murder before they consider filing charges against her 12-year-old brother. The older brother of Leila Fowler was arrested on suspicion of murder by Caleveras County sheriff's deputies over the weekend after authorities said the boy's story about an intruder brutally stabbing his sister didn't add up. There was no sign of a burglary or robbery at the home when Leila was killed April 27. The children's parents were at a Little League game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies fatally shot a motorist Friday afternoon after his vehicle allegedly struck an officer, authorities said. The injured deputy was rushed from the scene at an Athens area strip mall to the hospital, where he is now listed in stable condition, said Steve Whitmore, a department spokesman. The deputy was conscious and alert en route to the hospital, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Deputies were investigating a possible kidnapping in the 11400 block of South Vermont Avenue about 2:45 pm when the incident occurred, Whitmore said.
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