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I-Team: Downtown Landmark Closing, but Not Without a Fight

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LAS VEGAS -- Downtown Las Vegas' Attic clothing store says explosion damage is too much to bear any longer. They are closing down, but not before a hunger strike.

Store owner Mayra Politis is vowing to live in a tent and go without food until NV Energy and Southwest Gas pay for damages to her building.

The store was destroyed in the summer of 2010 when a neighboring NV Energy transformer facility exploded. The cause of the explosion remains in dispute. NV Energy says it was caused by a Southwest Gas leak, but Southwest Gas blames a third party for an excavation that damaged gas lines.

The gas company has no timeline on when they will find the excavator to blame.

Former Nevada State Senator Matt Callister now represents The Attic.

"We find ourselves caught up in this larger cat fight between these two economic giants who want to point the finger at each other. That's not our battle," he said.

Politis says her insurance will not cover the cost of tearing down her old store and rebuilding. It already paid her around $500,000, which she to buy a storefront across the street. But she says the financial impact is too much and she will shut her doors for good January 21st.

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