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Fire Destroys Food and Supplies Meant for Needy Families

Fire damage has temporarily closed soup kitchen

Updated 11:38 AM EST, Tue, Jan 3, 2012

$50,000 in food and holiday gifts intended for needy families was destroyed in a late-night fire at a soup kitchen in Santa Ana.

The fire started on the patio of the Southwest Community Center just before midnight where donations were being stored, according to the LA Times.

Fire damage has temporarily closed the center, which provides clothing, shelter, community services, and meals for more the 200 people every day.

It took firefighters about thirty minutes to extinguish the flames, the Times said.

Some food supplies and gifts were kept off-site in storage and the center's staff is trying to figure out what to do next.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but it appears to be accidental according to fire officials, the Times reported.

First Published: Dec 15, 2009 2:42 PM EST
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