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Fire destroys four businesses in El Cajon strip mall

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Posted at 6:31 AM, Jan 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-05 20:47:32-05

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) — Four businesses were destroyed by flames that tore through an El Cajon shopping center early Wednesday.

The fire was reported just before 4 a.m. in the 400 block of Broadway. ABC 10News' Breaking News Tracker witnessed multiple businesses destroyed, with roofing and walls caved into the structures.

Heartland Firefighter Capt. Ryan Abell said there were no injuries and the cause was under investigation. The fire caused an estimated $2 million in damage, destroying a restaurant, smoke shop, salon and jewelry store.

"When I passed by I started crying because I was very upset," said Mina Ibrahimi, whose family owns Mina Fashion Jewelry, one of the business destroyed. "I never thought one day I'll see our store looking like that."

The fire forced eastbound traffic on Broadway to Ballantyne St. to be closed as emergency crews responded to the area.