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Fire causes $100K in damage to La Mesa grocery store

A two-alarm fire broke out in a La Mesa grocery store early Monday, causing $100,000 in damage before firefighters were able to put it out, officials said.

Firefighters responded to the Vine Ripe Market on Fletcher Parkway near Jackson Drive around 5:15 a.m. and found a lot of smoke inside the building, said Andy McKellar, a spokesperson for Heartland Fire & Rescue Department. La Mesa firefighters were assisted by personnel from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

“There was a lot of smoke so there’s probably considerable damage to the stock inside the market,” he said in a statement.

Investigators determined the fire likely started inside a refrigerated display case.

The fire alarm and sprinkler system inside the market worked well, which helped to keep the fire damage to a minimum, he said.

No injuries were reported. The store was closed at the time of the fire.

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