STRIP MALL BLAZE; STORES DAMAGED IN FIRE.Byline: Patricia Farrell Aidem Staff Writer
NEWHALL - A fire caused heavy damage Friday to a Lyons Avenue shopping center shopping center, a concentration of retail, service, and entertainment enterprises designed to serve the surrounding region. The modern shopping center differs from its antecedents—bazaars and marketplaces—in that the shops are usually amalgamated into owned by the husband of Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, Councilwoman Jan Heidt.
Two shops - a Radio Shack See RadioShack. and a shoe store - were uninhabitable after the 7:40 a.m. blaze and three others - China Palace restaurant, a weight loss clinic and a bead store - were closed temporarily because of smoke damage, Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County fire officials said.
There were no injuries reported. Damage was estimated at about $800,000 to the structure and contents.
Investigators believe the fire was sparked by soldering equipment being used by plumbers connecting copper piping, Capt. Michael Flocks said. There was no sign of arson, Capt. Steve Valenzuela said.
Flames were leaping from the roof of the Old West-style plaza when firefighters arrived. Cutting through the roof and using a hand-held infrared detector that indicates hot spots hot spots
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Supervisors ordered extra precautions because the wooden facades can prove deadly in fires, Valenzuela said. The structure, however, proved sound, Flocks said later, noting that proper fire walls also helped contain the blaze.
Seventy-five firefighters fought the stubborn blaze.
The plaza is one of the older strip malls in Newhall, owned by Gerald Heidt. Councilwoman Heidt operated a book store in the center for several years.
(1 -- color) A firefighter checks for hot spots.
(2 -- color) A firefighter removes his oxygen mask oxygen mask
A masklike device that is placed over the mouth and nose and through which oxygen is supplied from an attached storage tank. after the flames outside the Radio Shack on Lyons Avenue were extinguished.
(3 -- color) Firefighters clean up outside the Newhall strip mall Friday after a fire damaged five stores, including Radio Shack.
Shaun Dyer/Special to the Daily News