Firefighters Battle 3-Alarm Fire at Cellphone Store in San Bernardino

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Firefighters extinguished a three-alarm fire Thursday morning at a commercial structure in San Bernardino, officials said.


A fire broke out at a business in San Bernardino on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The blaze broke out at 5:18 a.m. near the intersection of East Foothill Boulevard and Meridian Avenue (map), the San Bernardino City Fire Department said in a tweet on its official Twitter account.

No injuries were reported, and the fire was knocked down by 5:45 a.m.

The roof had collapsed before firefighters arrived and spread from one business into another, according to fire Engineer Mike Arvizo.

The business was identified as Omar’s Wireless, a cellphone company. The neighboring business, which was partially damaged, was a Metro PCS store, Arvizo said.

The scene was across the street from the iconic Wigwam Hotel, a Route 66 landmark whose rooms are shaped like teepees.

The fire was being investigated as a possible arson, the Fire Department said.