Local News in Brief : Fire at Rand Corp. Office

A fire at the Rand Corp. office building in Santa Monica early Wednesday left one office gutted and four others damaged, officials said.

The blaze, which was contained on the third floor of the five-story building at 1700 Main St., was put out in less than half an hour, Santa Monica Fire Capt. Tom Riegner said.

One office in the graphic arts area was gutted, another sustained minor fire damage, and three others were damaged by smoke, Riegner said.

He said the fire broke out about 1:45 a.m., spreading smoke throughout the third floor. Cause of the blaze was under investigation, and officials estimated damage to the building at $30,000, with an additional $15,000 damage to contents.

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