MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS SF) — A fire erupted in a Mountain View strip mall, sending smoke and flames billowing into the sky and forcing firefighters to evacuate a nearby hotel.

Mountain View fire officials said reports of smoke coming from the back of the single-story strip mall at 903 E El Camino Real began coming in around 9:56 p.m. Monday.

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Crews were quickly dispatched to the scene and were greeted by the mall’s occupants streaming out of the structure and flames and smoke visible on the roof.

A second alarm was quickly called in. The southbound lane of traffic on El Camino Real was closed and the nearby hotel was evacuated.

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Four Chief officers, five engines, three trucks, one rescue and one squad eventually battled the blaze from both the ground and also from 100-foot ladder trucks.

The fire was extinguished with no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The hotel occupants returned to their rooms which were not affected.

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The estimated damage to the contents and structure was estimated to be $500,000. The cause of the fire was under
investigation.