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CA: Electrical Fire destroys Pizzeria

MARIPOSA, CA:  A May 11 fire that destroyed the Pizza Factory restaurant and a handful of other businesses was sparked by an electrical problem in the restaurant’s attic, firefighters have determined.  The findings recently were released by James Dulcich, chief of the Mariposa Public Utility District Fire Department.  The investigation was conducted by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, because the utility district doesn’t have fire investigators on its staff, Dulcich said in a  statement.

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The electrical fire was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m. at the 5005 Fifth St. building, which housed the Pizza Factory, in addition to several other businesses, including Pony Expresso Coffee House & Trading Post, Tracy’s Yarns, Larry’s Coins, Grace Notes Chimes, Mariposa County Arts Council and a bookstore.  About 40 people were inside the approximately 9,000-square-foot building when the fire erupted. No one was hurt.  The Pizza Factory opened 32 years ago in Mariposa.  Built during the mid-1800s, the building was one of the oldest in Mariposa.

Story via modbee.com

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