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October 24, 2022
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Firefighters battled a large fire at a former restaurant in concord friday morning.

Firefighters battled a large fire at a former restaurant in Concord Friday morning.

Courtesy KTVU

The walls and roof collapsed of a boarded-up restaurant that caught fire in an East Bay strip mall on Friday morning.

Flames were first reported at 4 a.m. outside the former Imperial Seafood Restaurant in Concord, said Joe Ottolini, a spokesperson for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. When firefighters arrived on scene, the fire was eating into the building’s interior and flames eventually tore into the attic. 

“As crews were making entry, the walls of the building collapsed, so we pulled out and went into defensive mode,” Ottolini told SFGATE over the phone. “We started fighting the fire from the exterior.”

After the walls collapsed, the roof followed. 

“It was a single-alarm fire, but it became complicated once the fire got into the attic,” he said.

This isn’t the first time firefighters have responded to a blaze at the shuttered restaurant, but it was the biggest flame yet.

“It has been vacant for a number of years,” Ottolini said. “We’ve gone out there for several other smaller fires. It has been used as a homeless encampment.”

The fire was under control by 5:30 a.m. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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