Fire at downtown high-rise causes evacuations

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SAN DIEGO — A kitchen fire at a high-rise downtown caused evacuations Sunday.

Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames in a unit on the 8th floor of PATH Connections Housing on 6th Avenue. Fire rescue dispatch records show a second alarm was requested at 4:18 p.m. 

A spokesperson for PATH Connections Housing said a kitchen fire on the 8th floor spread to upper floors. Residents and staff in the building were evacuated as firefighters put out the flames.

Connections Housing, co-owned by Affirmed Housing Group and PATH Ventures, provides 73 housing units, a health center, 66 shelter beds and numerous social services in the 6th Avenue building.

Residents, except those on the 8th floor, returned to the building by 7 p.m. PATH staff are working with displaced residents on temporary placements.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said no injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. A total of 89 people were assigned to firefighting operations with City of Coronado firefighters assisting SDFD.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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