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Myrtle Avenue Business Bursts Into Flames

A neighboring business owner smelled smoke and his 9-1-1 phone call may have averted disaster.

A fire erupted in a Myrtle Avenue business and could have caused irreparable damage if a local business owner hadn't called 9-1-1, authorities said.

Monrovia firefighters responded to a fire at a custom tile business in the 2600 block of South Myrtle Avenue that broke out just after 9 p.m. Saturday, according to Monrovia Fire Capt. Scott Dewey.

The fire was reported by Sal Vila, the owner of neighboring business Joy Printing. Vila said he happened to stop by his print shop Saturday night and smelled smoke.

Dewey said Vila's call probably saved the business, which just opened about a week ago.

"Fortunately we got it in the early, incipient stages," Dewey said. "Another 15 minutes and this building would have been blowing through the roof."

Dewey said the likely cause of the blaze was some cardboard that had been stacked next to a kiln used to fire the tile. Firefighters were able to isolate the fire to the cardboard and prevent any structural damage, he said.

Vila said huge flames were visible from the alley behind the tile shop before firefighters put the fire out. Charred debris was scattered behind the alley as firefighters blasted the asphault with water Saturday night.

Therese B. August 05, 2012 at 05:46 AM
so why are you reporting that this fire happened on So. Myrtle when the map and address clearly show that it is Foothill Blvd.??? Someone is not paying attention!
Nathan McIntire (Editor) August 05, 2012 at 05:51 AM
The listing for Joy Printing is incorrect, it has apparently moved. The fire took place in the business park on South Myrtle.
Gayle M. Montgomery August 05, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Hey, Nathan does a phenomenal job of keeping us informed. If there's an occasional goof, and he accompanies it with a correction, he ought to get some slack where I'm concerned. Thanks for alerting him. Nathan, keep up the good work.
Charlotte Schamadan August 05, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Nathan, for the record, Joy Printing was in the building on the n.w. corner of Foothill and Ivy for some 20+ years, but Dave and Pat Hardin retired and sold the business at least 10 years ago.
Nathan McIntire (Editor) August 05, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Thanks Charlotte!
Nathan McIntire (Editor) August 05, 2012 at 06:25 AM
So just for clarification, the fire was at a tile business on South Myrtle adjacent to where Joy Printing now operates.
Therese B. August 05, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Thanks Nathan for all your hard work, didn't mean to slam you! Peace

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