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Fire Destroys Glassell Park-area Market

An investigation was under way this week into a fire that destroyed a 5,000-square-foot market in Glassell Park.

The fire at the Verdugo Ranch Market at 3344 North Verdugo Rd. was reported at 8:58 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, and a knockdown was declared at 11:05 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main, who said 125 firefighters responded.

Arriving firefighters reported flames showing through the roof of the market, which was closed at the time, and soon had to assume a strictly defensive stance, battling the blaze from the exterior, Main said.

“The structure is a total loss with a total roof collapse and the collapse of two walls,” Main said. “The cause and dollar loss are being tabulated.”

One firefighter suffered an eye injury but was treated at the scene and quickly returned to work, Main said.