A San Diego firefighter battles the warehouse fire in the Midway district. Courtesy San Diego Fire-Rescue

Updated at 3 p.m. Dec. 30, 2015

A two-alarm fire Wednesday that destroyed a large warehouse in the Midway District and sent up smoke visible for miles caused $1.2 million in damage, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

It took firefighters more than 90 minutes to knock down the flames in a 10,000-square foot concrete building on Hancock Street near Sherman Street, said SDFRD Capt. Joseph Amador.

The blaze broke out about 7:30 a.m. in a structure thought to contain five businesses, and contained cars, packaging material and what appeared to be a boat repair shop, Amador said.

He said narrow streets and overhead power lines hindered the effort 70 firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the blaze, but it was knocked down about 9:15 a.m.

No one was hurt, but there was $700,000 damage to the structure and $500,000 to contents, he said.

According to Amador, fire investigators remained on scene at midafternoon trying to determine the cause.

Hancock Street was closed between Sherman and Kurtz streets. San Diego police asked motorists to avoid the area.

— City News Service

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