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Fire burns old store on Highway 173 in Hesperia

HESPERIA, Calif. ( An old vacant store along Highway 173 was destroyed by a vegetation fire Sunday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 12:13 p.m. as a small brush fire that quickly grew to about 10 acres, the San Bernardino National Forest firefighters said in a tweet.

The fire is being referred to as the “Store Fire” after it destroyed the old Silverwood Country Store.

“I have received over 25 phone calls this afternoon from people asking me if I was ok, they thought my store burned down,” said the owner of the new Silverwood Country store that relocated years ago a short distance away.

Fire officials said the forward rate of spread has been stopped and the fire is now contained. However, the road will remain closed for at least three hours due to some burned electricity poles that need to be replaced, CHP officials told Victor Valley News.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department, Cal Fire, San Bernardino National Forest, and the Apple Valley Fire Protection District worked on battling the blaze.

Highway 173 is closed from Highway 138 to Lake Arrowhead Road. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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