A fire sparked at a sign printing business in downtown San Diego’s East Village community early Wednesday morning, sending heavy smoke into the air.
That smoke is what alerted neighbors to the blaze, which began around 4:15 a.m. at the Green House Sign & Design shop in the 400 block of 13th and J streets.
Residents in an apartment building next door called firefighters and then evacuated their apartments as a precaution.
Fire crews had to force their way inside the printing business in order to attack the fire. It was knocked down a short time later.
Fire officials said no one was inside the printing shop and no injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials believe it may have been an electrical fire.
The shop also houses several pedicabs, some decked out with lights. Several of those pedicabs inside the shop were damaged in the blaze.
Firefighters said this blaze was challenging because the building's roof is made of metal.