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Fire at Marina Farms Market

The blaze flared up just before midnight and was extinguished within half an hour. The store may be closed for months.

A fire last night burned out the market at 5454 S. Centinela Avenue in Del Rey. The market specializes in fresh produce as well as meat and dairy products.

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) spokesperson Matt Spence said the department received the alarm at 11:56 pm yesterday and had “achieved knockdown” at 12:26 am. No injuries were reported.

The LAFD sent six engines and two rescue units to respond to the fire and received aid from the Culver City and Los Angeles County Fire Departments, each of which sent two engines to help fight the blaze.

Spence said the cause of the fire is under active investigation and that no dollar loss estimate was available yet.

Local resident Frank Sanford told Patch, “Someone over there just told me that it may be closed for about six months, due to ‘all the usual insurance company haggling and delays’.”

The store’s phone line appears to be disconnected. Repeated attempts to call the store did not go through.

Westlawn neighbor March 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I guess that the hot chili peppers got TOO Hot, and they just burst into flames ! :-(
Westlawn neighbor March 16, 2012 at 01:31 AM
( At least, that's what they [ hot peppers ] seem to do in My Mouth. ) Never again ! I've been burned too many times ...
Lisa March 17, 2012 at 09:38 PM
This is just too sad. We just love this place and I'm there about 3x a week. I even said that to them this past week - that I'm almost embarrassed how often I stop in. I'm thankful no one was hurt, but we sure are going to miss this neighborhood gem for the next few months.
Charlie March 18, 2012 at 08:16 PM
My favorite place in LA to buy fresh produce. Quality beats Vons, Albertson's and Ralph's and prices either the same or way better. Hope they return soon bigger and better.
Momo March 23, 2012 at 03:38 PM
This is really sad... T.T This is my favorite market. The only place with coconuts. The place with best papaya. I hope they come back very soon and that this loss does not trouble their finances.

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