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Fire destroys South L.A. supermarket

July 17, 2008 4:51:23 AM PDT
A huge fire destroyed a popular neighborhood market in South Los Angeles early Thursday morning.The blaze at the Park's Market on Western Avenue just south of Manchester Avenue was reported shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday.

Click in the Eyewitness News Story Window above to watch Melissa MacBride's report from the scene, including an interview with the storeowner.

Flames were enveloping the building when the first 60 firefighters arrived, and at one point, firefighters had to scramble out of the building when the roof started to collapse.

Fire spokesman Ron Myers says a second alarm boosted the firefighting force to 100. The fire was knocked down by 5:30 a.m., but it had already done its damage.

After 27 years of business, all that was left standing was soft drinks. The owners watched smoke rise from the store, as bulldozers scooped up the torched contents of the store.

"Everybody cry. My family cry, so what can I do," said storeowner Kwang Park.

Longtime customers said they were sad to see the store in shambles -- it was known for high quality meat and fish -- but were glad the owners were okay.

"We didn't lose them. I know they're strong people," said shopper Lindy Vila. "Soon, by next year or who knows when, sooner than that, they'll have another store."

 

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