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Fire at Old Restaurant & Café in East Village

The abandoned building, which had been fenced off from the public and was set for demolition, was a complete loss, according to SDFRD public affairs.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif — An early morning fire of unknown origin Tuesday gutted a vacant commercial building at the Old Restaurant & Cafe in the East Village.

The blaze at Broadway and Park Boulevard erupted shortly before 1 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Due to the hazardous intensity of the blaze, crews remained outside and focused their efforts on keeping it from spreading to other structures.

It took firefighters about 75 minutes to subdue the fire, which forced closures of stretches of the two thoroughfares that front the property through late morning, officials said.

The abandoned building, which had been fenced off from the public and was set for demolition, was a complete loss, according to SDFRD public affairs. No auxiliary damage or injuries were reported.

According to fire officials, no one was in the building at the time of the fire. No other information was released.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Credit: KFMB