Calif. Cigarette Store Goes Up in Smoke


Around 10 p.m. on Sunday, a call was received by the Kern County Fire Department for a commercial structure fire at 1700 High St. in Delano.

When crews arrived, they said they were faced with heavy smoke and flames from the Cigarettes for Less store located in the northwest corner of the strip mall.

The first arriving crews were forced to attack the fire from the outside due to security bars on the building, according to the KCFD.

The firefighters also faced small explosions from butane tanks inside the building.

After gaining entry into the building crews continued an aggressive attack on the fire.

The firefighters were able to knock the main fire down very quickly preventing any spread to the other businesses.

The crews began salvage operations by removing products from the damaged units, and checked the other units for any fire extension.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

Fire crews were able to save an estimated $1,000,000 to the structure and contents, the KCFD reported.

However, the fire destroyed an estimated $125,000 in property and contents, the KCFD reported.

There were no reported injuries.

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