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Fire Sparks at Wong's Golden Palace Restaurant in La Mesa

The blaze was reported around 11:20 a.m. at the Wong's Golden Palace eatery along University Avenue

A fire sparked at a small Chinese restaurant in La Mesa Tuesday prompting firefighters to scale the building to attack the flames coming from the roof.

Crews with Heartland Fire & Rescue Department and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department rushed to Wong's Golden Palace located at 7126 University Ave. just before 11:20 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames were stemming from the top of the building. Quickly, crews extended the ladders from their fire engines and got themselves onto the roof of the restaurant.

Firefighters appeared to be mostly focusing their efforts on one part of the roof that was blackened from the smoke. Other firefighters on the ground could be seen entering the eatery from the front door and checking areas around the building.

At 11:40 a.m., the La Mesa Police Department said westbound University Avenue between Harbinson and Massachusetts avenues was closed to traffic while firefighters continued to work on the blaze. Motorists were told to avoid the area.

Several hours later, Heartland Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Mark Casey told NBC 7 the cause of the fire remains under investigation. No one was hurt, Casey confirmed.

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