New Palmdale clothing store gutted by flames

CGL Incorporated erupted in flames early Tuesday morning, just days before its grand opening celebration. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

PALMDALE – Tuesday afternoon, dozens of firefighters were still at the scene of a second-alarm fire that gutted a large retail store at a Palmdale strip mall in the early morning hours.

“It looks like it’s pretty much a total loss at this point,” said L.A. County Assistant Fire Chief Gerald Cosey.

A broken sign on the front of the store said “CGL Incorporated” and banners advertised the store’s grand opening.

The store’s owner did not want to be interviewed, but KTLA reports the large retail store had only been open for about two weeks and was scheduled to have an official grand opening celebration this coming weekend.

Cosey said the fire was reported around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. Within six minutes units responded to the 2200 Block of Palmdale Boulevard and found the store engulfed in flames, he said.

“The fire was showing from through the front doors,” Cosey said. “The fire obviously got bigger and started going through the roof, so we had to back out, and put our ladder pipe operations into effect.”

Cosey said about 65 firefighters, and nearly a dozen ladder trucks battled the blaze at its peak. They doused the flames from outside the structure, and official knockdown was declared around 7:30 a.m., Cosey said.

“That was only due to the fact that we had some inaccessible areas that were still on fire that we couldn’t get to,” Cosey said. “Because of the structural compromise, we wouldn’t send anybody into the structure.”

He said fire crews were able to limit the fire to the 40,000-square foot structure so that none of the surrounding businesses were affected.

The business was a general merchandise store that sold clothing, fabric, home appliances, electronics, and yard supplies, Cosey said.

He said no one was inside the building when the fire erupted, and no injuries were reported.

“We have the Sheriff’s investigation team on scene and they are working to determine the cause,” Cosey said.

  6 comments for “New Palmdale clothing store gutted by flames

  1. ALMA
    May 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    im just very glad i wasn’t home while all this was happening but my puppy was and i was so scared for him thank god hes okay :)

  2. Aaron P.
    May 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Its sort of strange that according to the California Secretary of State website that C.G.L. Inc. is a dissolved corporation.

  3. Stinger
    May 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I’m told that, as of this time, an additional fire has been fought in Lancaster at the Wendy’s on 10th Street West at Avenue I, with a firefighter being hurt in the occurrence.

  4. really
    May 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Kinda odd that that is the same parking lot where the El Pollo Loco burnt down a few years ago….

  5. J. Ripper
    May 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    The old H&E store.

    • Mary
      May 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      wow I used to work at H&E many years ago, when i moved back to California i was surprised to hear H&E had gone out of business. I had lots of fun when i worked there, and the people were awesome.

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