SAN DIEGO -- A Kearny Mesa masonry shop and an adjoining suite used by a motorcycle club to assemble toys for needy children was destroyed by fire early Monday.
The fire at Global Tile & Marble on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard near Mercury Street was reported shortly after 1 a.m. The building was unoccupied at the time, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.
Brian Trum, a member of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, heard about the fire and came to see the damage for himself. He says the club uses the space to assemble and store bikes for their annual 'Christmas With Kids' bike giveaway. The bikers are still trying to determine how much memorabilia and donated raffle prizes were stored inside the burnt unit.
“The community will help us rebuild. That's what we all do as motorcycle people. I’m confident that everything will be okay sooner or later. It’s tough…my first experience with a big fire. It’s not pleasant at all,” Trum said.
It took about 60 firefighters to put out the blaze. Nobody was injured. . It’s estimated that the building sustained about $200,000 in damage.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.