Flames from East Village fire
Flames from the blaze in the East Village on Tuesday morning. Courtesy OnScene.TV

 A pre-dawn fire of unknown origin gutted a vacant commercial building at a busy East Village intersection Tuesday.

The blaze at Broadway and Park Boulevard erupted shortly before 1 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Firefighters arrived to find the building, the former site of a restaurant and market, engulfed in flames, the city agency reported. Due to the hazardous intensity of the blaze, crews remained outside and focused their efforts on keeping it from spreading to other structures.

It took firefighters about 75 minutes to subdue the fire, which forced closures of stretches of the two thoroughfares that front the property through late morning, officials said.

The abandoned building, which had been fenced off from the public and was set for demolition, was a complete loss, according to SDFRD public affairs. No auxiliary damage or injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Updated at 12 p.m. Oct. 19, 2021

–City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.