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The fire started around 1:30 a.m. at Oak Park Liquor & Tobacco, 6800 W. 87th St., Burbank, after the store had closed for the evening.
No one was inside the building when the fire erupted. Authorities say a firefighter sustained minor injuries battling the fire.
Burbank Fire Department Chief David Gilgenberg said the blaze was swiftly brought under control by fire personnel.
“The firefighters did a good job,” Gilgenberg said. “They knocked it out quick.”
Firefighters were able to contain the flames before they spread to an adjoining healthcare business but the office experienced smoke and water damage according to Gilgenberg.
The interior of the liquor store appeared to have sustained heavy damage. A man who identified himself as an employee and cousin of the owner said the fire destroyed about 75 percent of the the store’s inventory.
A fire restoration company was on scene Monday afternoon cleaning up the mess and trying to salvage as much of the store’s contents as possible.
Burbank Police Division Chief Mike Dudlo said the fire is suspicious in nature but there is no evidence to suggest it was the result of a burglary.
“Information obtained suggests this to be an isolated incident,” Dudlo said.
Gilgenberg said the cause of the fire is actively being investigated by the Burbank Fire Department with assistance from the Office of the State Fire Marshall and the Burbank Police Department.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is also involved in the investigation according to Gilgenberg due to the nature of the business.