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Suspicious Fire at Abandoned Building

Firefighters on Saturday morning extinguished a suspicious blaze at an abandoned building on Isabel Avenue.

Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire at an abandoned building on the 1300 block of Isabel Avenue.

At 7:16 a.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to a structure fire after a passerby reported seeing smoke coming from the building, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Testa said.

When firefighters arrived on scene they discovered a small blaze in one of the back rooms and quickly extinguished the fire.

It appears clothes and debris in the room caught fire, Testa said.

Firefighters are still investigating a cause of the blaze.

The vacant building used to be a flower farm, which closed years ago, Testa said.

An online search shows the building was previously housed by Orchids Orinda.

Saturday's incident was the second fire at an abandoned building in town in a one-month span.

, near Linden Street.

Dee November 19, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Its always sad to drive by that place, i loved the Orchid Farm. I was under the impression, by an employee that worked there for years, that a developer wanted the land and they were forced to sell. I mentioned it in public once and someone got all defensive and said someone (who i was supposed to know-which made her miffed i didn't know him) bought it for wonderful project, hmm nothing wonderful so far...

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