RICHMOND (CBS SF) — A two-alarm fire caused about $200,000 in damage to a market near Richmond High School early Monday morning, a fire battalion chief said.

The blaze was reported at 3:20 a.m. in the 1100 block of 23rd Street, about a block from the school.

Firefighters from Richmond and the Contra Costa County Fire
Protection District controlled the fire in about 45 minutes, Richmond fire Battalion Chief Merlin Turner said.

No injuries were reported.

Turner said the fire primarily burned a storage and office area in the back of the business. He said the damage will force the market to shut down temporarily.

“It’s closed for a while,” he said.

An adjacent auto shop sustained some damage because firefighters had to force entry to ensure that flames had not spread there, Turner said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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