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Faulty wiring likely culprit of dry cleaners blaze

Christina Proctor

The investigation isn’t over, but fire department officials said initial data pointed toward the possibility of an electrical problem in connection with the fire that decimated a dry cleaning business Monday evening.

Bill Gilliland, division chief for the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, said investigators were working diligently Tuesday to discover the cause of the fire that caused an estimated $90,000 in damages to Tahoe One Hour Cleaners. The business is located in the Tahoe Plaza at 2301 U.S. Highway 50. Gilliland said that no chemicals used in the dry cleaning process were involved in the fire.

The fire department conservatively estimated that the blaze resulted in $40,000 in property damage and $50,000 in content damage, which included some customers’ clothes.

“We’re still not 100 percent sure, but were leaning toward the fire being electrical in nature,” Gilliland said. “It is an older building and it looks like there is a lot of substandard wiring in the building.”

Other businesses around the dry cleaning store were back in business Tuesday while the fire department worked next door.

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