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Centinela Fire damages 7 Mar Vista businesses

Los Angeles firefighters battle the Centinela Fire on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
Los Angeles firefighters battle the Centinela Fire on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
LAFD via Twitter
Los Angeles firefighters battle the Centinela Fire on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
Los Angeles firefighters battle the Centinela Fire on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
LAFD via Twitter
Los Angeles firefighters battle the Centinela Fire on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
Los Angeles firefighters battle the Centinela Fire on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
LAFD via Twitter


Seven business were damaged Sunday afternoon when fire tore through a half-block stretch of Mar Vista.

The fire at 3519 S. Centinela Ave., just south of Palms Blvd., was reported to the Los Angeles Fire Department by a passerby shortly before noon. 

"By the time firefighters arrived at the scene there was a towering column of smoke in the air and a very aggressive and well entrenched fire in the common attic of this seven-business building," LAFD spokesperson Brian Humphrey tells KPCC.

Most of the businesses were closed at the time and firefighters had to make a forcible entry into all seven businesses, according to Humphrey.

It took 119 firefighters 95 minutes to put out the flames. Firefighters remain at the site as they continue the mop-up.

No injuries were reported. Firefighters have not pinpointed the cause of the fire, which remains under investigation.

The strip mall includes a pizzeria, a dry cleaners and a pool supply company, among other businesses. All of the businesses sustained damage and will be closed for some period of time.