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4-Alarm Fire Destroys Popular San Jose Coffee Shop

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Fire crews battling a 4-alarm fire at the Flames Coffee Shop in San Jose.

Fire crews battling a 4-alarm fire at the Flames Coffee Shop in San Jose.

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Firefighters have extinguished a 4-alarm fire that destroyed a San  Jose diner Saturday morning, a fire battalion chief said.

The blaze broke out in the kitchen area of Flames Coffee Shop at  1812 Hillsdale Ave. around 6:20 a.m.

A few workers were preparing to open the restaurant at 1812  Hillsdale Ave. around 6:20 a.m. when the fire broke out in the kitchen area,  San Jose fire Capt. Barry Ehlers said.

Ehlers said two of the employees ran to a fire station located  just around the corner and alerted firefighters to the blaze.

By the time crews arrived on the scene about a minute later, thick  black smoke was billowing from all sides of the restaurant, the captain said.

Fueled by cooking oils, furniture and other materials, the blaze  ripped through the building, causing multiple sections of the roof to  collapse.

Firefighters battled the fire from the outside and were able to  keep it from spreading to neighboring businesses. The fire was knocked down  around 7:30 a.m., the fire captain said.

No injuries were reported.

The building was completely gutted by the fire, which Ehlers  estimated caused more than $1 million in damage.

Although the blaze apparently began in the kitchen, investigators  have not yet determined the exact cause.

Ehlers said about 75 firefighters responded to the fire, many of  whom remained on scene as of 9 a.m. to root out hotspots.

Traffic is being diverted around Hillsdale and Ross avenues and  onto nearby Camden Avenue.

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