| DIAMOND BAR ? Intense flames made tough work for fire crews battling
a strip mall fire in Diamond Bar early Thursday morning. Investigators think
the blaze started in the Shanghai Palace restaurant, that business was totally
The fire caused about $7 million in damage to several businesses in a two-story commercial building, but no one was hurt, authorities said.
The blaze was reported at 2040 S. Brea Canyon Road about 2:25 a.m., said Los Angeles County fire Capt. Mark Savage.
One hundred firefighters doused the flames by 6 a.m., Savage said, although firefighters stayed on the scene to guard against flareups.
Heavily damaged were the Shanghai Palace restaurant and a liquor store on the first floor, and two dental offices, an accountant's office and some other offices on the second floor, Savage said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation. Sheriff's arson cinvestigators were sent to the scene.