The Riverside County Fire Department responded to a moderate structural fire around 4:36 p.m. today at a building in the 4200 block of Fifth Street in Old Town Temecula, a Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman said.
Five fire engines and 21 firefighters arrived at the building, Mob Syndicate MMA, at 42072 Fifth Street according to California Fire Department Spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.
The first crew to arrive on scene said that the first floor of the building filled with smoke due to a fire inside the wall, according to Hagemann.
The fire has been contained, the building has been evacuated and no injuries have been reported, Hagemann said.
Hagemann added that fire crews planned to stay on scene for another hour and a half for smoke removal.
As Old Town Temecula was filled with St. Patrick’s Day revelers and fans of the annual Bluegrass Festival, dozens of residents and visitors crowded around the scene to get a look.
According to SWRNN reporter Joe Fanaselle, fire crews had to cut a hole in the back portion of the structure, possibly in the place where the fire began to gain access.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation, Hagemann said.
This is an ongoing story. Check back with SWRNN for additional details.
*Joe Fanaselle contributed to this report.