Body Found After Canoga Park Strip Mall Fire; 1 Firefighter Injured

The blaze struck about 2 a.m. Thanksgiving Day in a commercial business

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    More than 60 Los Angeles firefighters battled a blaze at a commercial business in Canoga Park early Thursday. A body was later found during cleanup.

    A man's body was found in a Canoga Park business that burned early Thanksgiving Day in a blaze that left one firefighter injured.

    The fire was reported at 2:10 a.m. at 7832 Alabama Ave. (map) in a strip mall.

    The body in the ruins was found later in the morning.

    Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner said the body was being removed but it had not been identified.

    Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said it wasn't yet known what caused the fire, but said arson investigators were on scene.

    "There is no suspicious activity indicating this was an arson fire at this time," Scott said in an emailed alert to media.

    The fire was out in 32 minutes, Scott said.

    One of 62 firefighters assigned to the fire fell off a ladder was taken to a hospital to be checked out, he said. He was in fair condition.

    Three units at the strip mall were severely damaged, and three sustained damage in areas where they shared walls, a videographer at the scene said.

    Tenants included a paint shop, two kitchen appliance stores, a construction business and a surf shop, where chemicals reacted with water after the fire, exploding but not causing harm during the mop-up phase, according to the photographer.

    The blaze was originally reported at the same address on Canoga Avenue, one parallel block away.


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