SAN DIEGO – One man was hospitalized Tuesday after a fire broke out at a mixed-use building in the Mission Beach area, authorities said.
The blaze broke out shortly before 6:55 a.m. at a two-story mixed-use building at 716 Ventura Place near Belmont Park, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. The building was next to the popular restaurant Sandbar.
Crews arrived at the building, which has residential units on top of businesses, and knocked down the flames in around 30 minutes, Munoz said.
The victim was transported to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, Munoz said. The extent of the victim’s injuries was not immediately available. A witness who saw firefighters rescue the victim says the victim looked badly ‘charred’.
Munoz also added that the second story residential structures sustained fire damage. The first floor businesses Dryer’s Ice Cream and Kojack’s were not damaged by the fire, but did sustain water damage.
Fire investigators determined Tuesday afternoon that damages were estimated at $500,000 to the building with $100,000 worth interior contents.
Investigators also determined the fire was not arson and that they believe the fire was accidental.
They also determined the fire started on the roof.
The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.