CULVER CITY ( — A recently closed model train store in Culver City was gutted by a fire, authorities said Friday.

The fire at the former Allied Model Trains store, at 4371 Sepulveda Blvd., was reported at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, Culver City Fire Department Batallion Chief Mike Nagy said. Flames were visible from the front of the store when firefighters arrived.

The fire was knocked down in five minutes, but the store was severely damaged, Nagy said.

The company that owned the store declared insolvency and closed it down on July 7 after 69 years in business.

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