Downtown San Diego fire kills 1 dog, displaces 20 people

SAN DIEGO - About 20 people found themselves displaced Tuesday and one was receiving treatment for smoke inhalation after a three-alarm fire caused extensive damage to a building housing apartments and retail establishments in downtown San Diego, authorities said.

The fire broke out in a commercial building topped by two floors of apartments at the intersection of Broadway and Ninth Street around 10:40 p.m. Monday, Lee Swanson of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said.

More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze, declaring a knockdown at 11:25 p.m., Swanson said, adding that some  apartments were damaged by the fire.

An ailing pet cat was rescued and revived by firefighters with a pet oxygen mask but one dog died.

The estimated damage is $700,000 and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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