Fire breaks out at Chula Vista strip mall

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A fire destroyed a business at a Chula Vista strip mall Tuesday night, authorities said.

According to the Chula Vista Fire Department, 80 firefighters went to 657 Palomar Street, near Broadway around 10:30 p.m. to battle flames at a 6,000-square-foot business. The fire completely destroyed a wholesale toy business called Santa’s Toys.

Another business, California Billiards, sustained water and smoke damage.

Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to adjacent businesses, according to Chula Vista spokesman Captain Jeffrey Ewert.

A day later, crews with shovels and brooms had replaced firefighters as the lengthy cleanup began.

“My heart just feels bad cause next door was Santa’s Toys, they were my friends,” said Roger Huang, owner of Cosmetics Palace, which sustained no fire damage.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determine as investigators have not ventured into the smoldering ruins because the structure has been deemed not safe and could collapse.

A structural engineer will have to clear the building before an investigation can begin according to Captain Ewert.

During the fire, firefighters from Imperial Beach, National City, San Diego and Coronado assisted their counterparts from Chula Vista.

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