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Oct 23, 11:32 AM EDT

2 killed in South Florida strip mall fire

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Two people have died after a fire broke out at a South Florida religious store that sells candles, incense and other combustible items.

A witness getting her hair done at a nearby salon on Saturday said she heard a loud boom. A short time later, she said a woman came into the salon and was so badly burned that her clothes and much of her skin had peeled off. The fire started around 1 p.m. at the St. Anne & Vierge Miracle Botánica in West Palm Beach. About 45 firefighters responded.

One of the women was found dead at the scene. Neither victim was identified.

It's unclear what sparked the blaze. The Palm Beach Post ( reported that traffic was diverted from the area as Fire Marshal officials collected evidence at the scene.

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