A sushi and hibachi restaurant east of downtown was ravaged by fire Sunday morning.
At around 3:30 a.m., multiple crews with the Spokane Fire Department responded to Shogun Restaurant, 821 E. Third Ave., on reports of fire and smoke billowing from the roof.
Dan Renner, a battalion chief with the fire department, said crews attempted to enter and attack the fire from inside, but were unable to because of heavy smoke and flames. They instead poured water on it from multiple hoses, including two ladder trucks, but were unable to control the blaze.
For about six hours, multiple engines continued to hit the fire with water. By 9:30 a.m., fires were still burning in spots.
The building was completely destroyed.
Renner said the building was not occupied when the fire was reported. There were no injuries to firefighters.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Parts of Sprague Way and Third Avenue were closed and remained closed or had restrictions for most of the day, Renner said.
Due to the volume of water used on the fire, parts of Second Avenue near Arthur and Scott streets were partially flooded, though it did not impede traffic.
It appeared some storage units at the Shogun Plaza Self Storage next door at 905 E. Third Ave., were also flooded as a large pool of water had formed in the parking lot. A representative at the storage unit did not return calls seeking comment.
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