Morning fire damages, closes
Costa Mesa businesses
Six businesses on East 17th Street will be closed for several
weeks after a two-alarm fire early Friday morning left them with
smoke and water damage. Firefighters were still investigating the
cause of the blaze that began in Regal Beauty Supply, a few minutes
past midnight. Employees working late two doors down in French's
Cupcake Bakery noticed smoke and called 911, Costa Mesa Fire
Department Battalion Chief Scott Broussard said.
The blaze started at the floor level and climbed a wall in the
beauty supply store, sending smoke into ceilings of adjacent
businesses and a common attic, Broussard said. Regal Beauty Supply,
French's bakery, Ritz Nails, $3 Tan, Caliente Southwest Express
restaurant and Mesa Dental Center are all temporarily closed.
Firefighters from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach were able to put
out the blaze in 20 minutes. Initial estimates from the Costa Mesa
Fire Department put the damage from the fire at more than $500,000 in
lost property and $1 million in building damage.