Fire rips through La Jolla nail salon


The nail salon in La Jolla that was gutted by an overnight fire Tuesday.

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – It took more than three dozen firefighters to extinguish a blaze that destroyed a nail salon in La Jolla early Tuesday.

The fire was first reported at 12:40 a.m. at Girard Nail & Skin Care on Girard Avenue, just south of Pearl Street, according to the San Diego Fire Department. The salon was in a two-story building with apartments on top.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the front of the two-story building, which had a row of businesses on the bottom and apartments on the second floor, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

Residents were evacuated from the apartments as firefighters battled the blaze, knocking down the flames within 20 minutes and keeping the fire from spreading beyond the nail salon, Munoz said. A total of 38 firefighters fought the blaze.

No apartments were damaged and no residents were displaced.

The fire caused an estimated $500,000 in damage to the nail salon’s structure and $200,000 in damage to its contents, Munoz said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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