San Diego Fire-Rescue crews were called to a strip mall fire in San Ysidro south of San Diego Thursday.
Flames were reported coming from one of the buildings on Border Village Road east of Interstate 805 just north of the San Ysidro Port of Entry after 9 a.m.
The owner of VIP Pedicab said he found the fire when he walked into the shop at 8:30 a.m.
He grabbed an extinguisher from a neighbor to try and put the fire out but the flames flared up on him.
In the process he suffered smoke inhalation. He was checked by medics and released, officials said.
Firefighters are investigating the cause.