A man had to climb out of a second story window to escape a building fire in the Midway District, fire officials say.
Heavy smoke and fire began pouring from Carey Limousine Chauffeur & Guide Service in the 3000 block of Rosecrans Place after the flames sparked around 3:30 p.m.
The fire spread through the office space of the limo storage facility.
San Diego Fire-Rescue says one man was inside at the time, and he had to escape through a window on the second floor of the building.
He was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center for smoke inhalation. A cat was later found dead inside.
Because of there are few fire breaks in the building, the fire quickly got into the roof, which presented a challenge for firefighters.
Still, the fire was extinguished within about half an hour, before it spread to a nearby apartment building or Navy housing across the street.
None of the limousines in the garage -- which made up three-fourths of the building -- were damaged.
Police were on scene providing traffic control, and the Metro Arson Strike Team has taken over investigating the cause of the fire.
They say the fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damage to the building and $100,000 in damage to the contents.