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Three-Alarm Fire Burns Through Restaurant Building

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(FOX 11 / CNS) A three-alarm fire ripped through an Orange commercial building housing a restaurant this morning but no injuries were reported, authorities said.

The fire at 800 N. Main St. was reported at 12:51 a.m., said Capt. Ian MacDonald of the Orange Fire Department.

First-arriving crews encountered heavy smoke and fire shooting through the roof of the one-story building and were soon forced into a defensive posture, meaning they fought the flames from outside the structure, he said.

The building's primary tenant was Ruby's Grill Baja Style restaurant, which sustained the bulk of the damage, MacDonald said.

The blaze eventually went to a third alarm, bringing a total of 57 firefighters to the scene, MacDonald said, adding that the fire was knocked down around 2:15 a.m.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. Main Street was shut down between Collins and Walnut avenues as firefighters fought the blaze.

From Hal Eisner:

What a tough morning for Armando Arredondo, his family and workers. He's owned Ruby's Baja Style Grill for 7 years on Main St. in the City of Orange. Just after midnight his restaurant - which is named after his grandma - was destroyed by fire. His lip quivering he told me "Thanks God no one was hurt."

He explained that he got that disturbing middle of the night call that his business was on fire. His heart, he says, was racing all the way from his home in La Habra to Orange.

Orange City Fire Captain Ian MacDonald says this was a tough fire. It took over an hour to knock it down. When they got there they got up on the roof, but the quickly had to get off when flames started blowing through the roof. The Incident Commander, he says, very quickly switched to master hoses raining down from high elevations to soak and subdue the blaze. His business was totaled. So was the wedding planning shot on one side of it and a catering company on the other side.

Ruby's, he says, was named after his grandma. He says there will be a Ruby's TWO. 

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