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Brief Fire Forces Evacuation Of San Diego Fire-Rescue Headquarters

A small but smoky fire Tuesday forced the full evacuation of a downtown high-rise that houses an array of private and public offices, including the administrative headquarters of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

An overheated fan motor sparked the non-injury blaze shortly after 10 a.m. in a seventh-floor utility room in the 25-story structure in the 1000 block of Second Avenue, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson said.

Crews cleared everyone out of the building while making sure the flames were under control, which took only a few minutes.


Firefighters spent about 45 minutes clearing smoke out of the structure before giving the go-ahead for workers to re-enter their offices shortly after 11 a.m., Swanson said.

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