SANTA CRUZ – Two people forced their way into a Santa Cruz thrift store that was locked to put out a fire at the business this afternoon.
Firefighters responded to reports of smoke and flames at Grey Bears Thrift Store at 2710 Chanticleer Ave. around 1:30 p.m., Central Fire
Protection District spokesman Mike DeMars said.
Crews arrived to find the roof and north side of the building was on fire, DeMars said.
Thick black smoke was visible from several blocks away and the blaze was under control around 2 p.m., he said.
No one was inside the locked building during the fire, according to Demars.
Store employees said they smelled smoke in the area before fire crews arrived but could not determine where the fire was burning, he said.
Shortly after, the employees saw smoke coming from the building and two employees forced their way inside to put out the flames with fire
extinguishers, DeMars said.
The employees were not injured in the fire, he said.
Investigators determined the fire started in a workshop area behind the store, according to DeMars.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Personnel from the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District and Santa Cruz Fire Department also responded to the fire.
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