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MONTEBELLO ( – A two-alarm fire caused major damage to an auto shop in Montebello early Wednesday morning and took crews several hours to get under control.

The fire broke out before 12:30 a.m. at a shop in the 300 block of Whittier Boulevard. Firefighters arrived on scene to find sparks flying as the fire was upgraded to a second-alarm, according to Verdugo Fire Communications Center dispatchers.

The blaze spread to a power pole before it was knocked down sometime after 2:30 a.m. There were no injuries.

Montebello police reported that Whittier Boulevard was closed.

The cause is under investigation. A financial estimate of the damage was not disclosed.


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