A Chatsworth motorcycle dealership sustained $600,000 damage in a fire early today just hours after it had been burglarized.
The blaze at International Motorcycle Co., a Yamaha dealership in the 9500 block of De Soto Avenue, was reported shortly before 4 a.m., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Greg Acevedo. Forty-five firefighters from nine companies extinguished the fire within 25 minutes.
There were no injuries but damage to the one-story commercial building was estimated at $100,000 to the structure and $500,000 to the contents. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Almost three hours before the fire, police responding to an alarm found boots, helmets, computers and an unknown amount of cash missing, said Detective Sandra Palmer of the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities did not know if the two incidents were related.