A blaze that sparked at a storage building in North Park proved challenging for firefighters. NBC 7's Gene Cubbison reports.
Several crews were called to battle a fire that broke out at a two-story building on a busy street in North Park Thursday.
The blaze began around 1:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of University Avenue near Hamilton Street, at a building used as a storage facility.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) officials said smoke could be seen stemming from the second story of the building when firefighters arrived on scene.
As responding crews worked to get a handle on the fire, backup engines were called in to assist.
Crowds of passersby gathered to watch the firefighters work, many snapping photos on their cell phones.
Despite the stubborn flames and smoy conditions, the fire was knocked down within 45 minutes.
At least eight fire engines helped in the firefight. No injuries were reported.
Arson detectives were called to the scene and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. The fire did not appear to spread to other nearby structures.
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