Abandoned Building to Be Demolished After Fire in Logan Heights

A structural engineer deemed the building unsafe so a demolition crew brought in a bulldozer to knock the building down

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    An abandoned nightclub in Logan Heights will be demolished hours after flames tore through building and prompted the evacuation of nearby residents. NBC 7's Vanessa Herrera reports. (Published Friday, Apr 11, 2014)

    An abandoned nightclub in Logan Heights will be demolished hours after flames tore through building and prompted the evacuation of nearby residents early Friday.

    The building was formerly Malena's Club on Nationa Ave near 30th Street.

    Ana Cardenas lives just a few feet from the abandoned building and reported the fire around 2:10 a.m.

    "The smell of the smoke. Watched it from the front, it's a lot of fire. Yeah, so I told my daughter I'll call to 911," Cardenas told NBC 7.

    Nearby resident Higinio Andrade said he heard an explosion so he took a look outside to see what was going on.

    "All of a sudden I just looked out here, I came to the back, and I looked and I said ‘Whoa.’" Andrade said.

    San Diego police evacuated two nearby apartment buildings. Units were pulled from other divisions to help get residents to safety and control traffic.

    Five blocks were shut down to traffic, police said.

    A structural engineer deemed the building unsafe so a demolition crew brought in a bulldozer to knock the building down.

    It’s not the first fire for Malena's Club.

    Andrade says the building caught fire a few years ago.

    A San Diego police lieutenant said police have been working to keep people out of the abandoned building since that fire.

    Even so, he said there was fire there just a few weeks ago.