Fire damages store in Chicago shopping mall, no injuries

CHICAGO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Firefighters extinguished a fire on Friday 18 December that damaged a Sephora cosmetics store located on the first floor of the Macerich Co-owned (MAC.N) shopping mall on Chicago's busy Michigan Avenue, authorities said.


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The store, part of a chain that sells cosmetics, fragrances and other beauty products which is owned by Paris-based luxury products group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH.PA), was not open at the time and will not open on Friday 18 December, a spokeswoman for Sephora said.

The rest of the mall was open, a spokesman said.

There were no injuries in the morning blaze, which was caused by an electrical problem, the Sephora spokeswoman said.

Stores above the nearly 5,000-square-foot (465 sq metres) Sephora outlet may have received some smoke damage, a fire department spokesman said.

The North Bridge mall is owned by the real estate investment trust Macerich and is among the busiest along Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping district, especially a week before Christmas.

(Reporting by Andrew Stern, editing by Dave Zimmerman)

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