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Blaze breaks out - twice - in same downtown Glendale building

Fire erupts in second-floor apartment unit, three slightly injured.

May 28, 2013|By Dan Evans, dan.evans@latimes.com

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire in a building in downtown Glendale Monday that reignited hours after firefighters knocked down the original blaze.

Two firefighters suffered minor injures while battling the first blaze early Monday morning in the 200 block of North Brand Boulevard at 12:16 a.m., said Glendale Fire Department spokeswoman Brandy Villanueva.

Firefighters on that call arrived to discover the second floor of the two-story building on fire.

The building’s first floor is commercial, with the second story containing eight apartments, only one of which had been rented out, Villanueva added.

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The occupant of the apartment, a 63-year-old man, also suffered minor injures, Villanueva said. The fire was contained to two of the apartment units, she said.

The businesses on the ground floor of the building include Gold ‘N’ Diamonds, Skaf’s Lebanese Cuisine and Regali Preciozo.

Firefighters knocked down that blaze at 2:22 a.m., she said, but it reignited at about 7:11 p.m. and quickly progressed to a three-alarm fire. Crews were able to knock down the second blaze at 7:52 p.m., Villanueva said.

Crews remained on patrol “to ensure that it does not reignite,” she added.

The extent of the property damage — including water damage to the ground-floor businesses — was not immediately available, Villanueva said.

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