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Crews Extinguish Warehouse Fire In Midway District

A two-alarm blaze burns at a warehouse on Hancock Street in the Midway District, Dec. 30, 2015.
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A two-alarm blaze burns at a warehouse on Hancock Street in the Midway District, Dec. 30, 2015.

It took firefighters more than 90 minutes to knock down a two-alarm fire that destroyed a large warehouse in the Midway District Wednesday and sent up smoke visible for miles caused $1.2 million in damage, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The fire broke out for unknown reasons in a 10,000-square foot concrete building on Hancock Street near Sherman Street around 7:30 a.m., according to Capt. Joseph Amador.

Narrow streets and overhead power lines hindered 70 firefighters' efforts to extinguish the blaze, but it was knocked down at about 9:15 a.m., he said.

Hancock Street was closed between Sherman and Kurtz streets. San Diego police asked motorists to avoid the area.

No one was hurt, but there was $700,000 damage to the structure and $500,000 to its contents, Amador said. It contained cars, packaging material and what appeared to be a boat repair shop.

According to Amador, fire investigators remained on scene at mid-afternoon trying to determine the cause.