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Fire damages five buildings in Alajuela

A fire broke out early Wednesday morning in Alajuela, northwest of the capital, damaging five buildings, including three houses, a bar, a furniture and a paint factory.

According to Guillermo Chacón of the Firefighters Corps, the corps received a call at 1:54 a.m. reporting the fire, which began in the paint factory Fábrica de Pinturas Alfa and spread to the adjacent buildings. The Firefighters Corps is still working to determine the cause of the fire, Chacón said.

The fire affected an area of 3,380 square meters total, Chacón said, but a cost assessment of the damage has not been made. The daily La Nación estimated the fire caused ¢30 million (roughly $53,380) in damage.

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