San Diego firefighters responded to a fire at a pet boutique in Hillcrest Monday afternoon.
The fire was reported just after 1:30 p.m. at Uptown Pets at 1251 University Avenue.
Smoke and flames could be seen coming from the store. The fire started in a back alley, according to officials.
According to the store’s Web site, it does not sell live animals, but does offer grooming services. Fire officials told NBC 7 no animals were inside at the time of the fire. No one was injured.
Officials are investigating the fire as a possible arson.
“Right now, the fire appears to be somewhat suspicious in nature because of some eyewitness reports that we have, that somebody was deliberately setting cardboard on fire at the rear of the store and putting that cardboard up against the building,” said Maurice Luque, San Diego Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson.
So far, no arrests have been made.
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