Crews douse North Park structure fire

SAN DIEGO - It took firefighters about 45 minutes Thursday to subdue a two-alarm blaze that spread through a cluttered North Park commercial structure.

Flames began spreading through the building on the south side of University Avenue, near Hamilton Street, shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Emergency crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire in the unoccupied two-story structure, which appeared to be in use as a storage facility, SDFRD Assistant Chief Brian Fennessy said.

Numerous crates, racks and boxes were crowding the first floor, and the second was packed with chairs, tables, couches and other furnishings, he said, "so it took (firefighters) a long time to make entry because of all the storage that was blocking their access."

No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

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