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FAIRFIELD, CA - The owner of a comedy club destroyed by a 5-alarm blaze Friday night has begun searching for a temporary location to host the acts he's already booked.

Pepperbelly's owner Taranbir Dhanoa was allowed to go into the building on Monday to see the devastation.

"It was like my baby," Dhanoa said.

Fairfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Stoffel said investigators have determined the fire started in an office area on the second floor of the building at 849 Texas St., but the actual cause remained undermined.

Stoffel cautioned that the intensity of the fire may have destroyed critical clues.

"Sometimes, we may not find a source," he said."We may only find an area of ignition."

Dhanoa said he's contacted operators of the Downtown Theatre, an arts and live entertainment center just two blocks away from Pepperbelly's, to see if they would be interested in hosting his comedy shows.

He said his ultimate goal is to return to thecorner of Texas and Jackson streets, the site of an iconic movie theatre that eventually became Pepperbelly's.

Karen Hill, a Pepperbelly's fan who came by to see the damage, said she would support the club regardless of its location.

"It was someplace we could come to. We didn't have to go across the bridge," Hill said.

By George Warren, GWarren@news10.net

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