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* San Jose Police and Arson Investigate Fire at Northside Super Mercado

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San Jose police are investigating an arson fire that damaged a Mexican market in the city this morning, a fire captain said. Units responded to the two-alarm fire at 901 Hedding St. at around 6:55 a.m., San Jose fire Capt. Barry Stallard said.  First responding units had to force entry into the Northside Super Mercado to knock down the blaze, Stallard said. It was contained at around
7:10 a.m.  No injuries were reported, and firefighters had the blaze under control at 7:39 a.m.  The Northside Super Mercado at Old Oakland Road and Hedding Street has been closed for several months, but it is still full of food, beer and alcohol, he said. Homeless people are believed to be responsible for the blaze, but no suspects have been located, according to Stallard. The fire was started in a bathroom and caused at least $5,000 damage.

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