Spokane Japanese restaurant destroyed in early morning fire


SPOKANE, Wash. -Update: Spokane firefighters say the iconic Shogun restaurant on E. 3rd Ave. appears to be a total loss after an early morning fire destroyed the building.

First arriving companies found heavy fire coming through the roof of the Shogun Restaurant and immediately began to attack the fire. Despite attempts to enter the building, they were quickly forced out due to deteriorating conditions above them. The incident commander eventually declared a defensive strategy, keeping firefighters from entering the building.

Despite intense flames threatening an adjacent hotel and several other buildings, the fire was confined to the restaurant and didn't spread to occupied buildings or a nearby storage facility.

Areas below the building have experienced flooding due to a significant amount of water necessary to fight the fire. Run-off water caused some flooding around Sprague Way and Third Avenue, and Arthur and Second Avenue.

The fire was declared under control after 7 hours. No injuries were reported and the cause is still under investigation.

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Fire crews are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a popular Japanese restaurant on the east end of downtown Spokane Sunday morning. 

Firefighters were called to the Shogun restaurant around 3 a.m. and spent hours battling the blaze, but the restaurant was heavily damaged. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. 

The Shogun restaurant first opened on E. 3rd Ave. in 1992.

Investigators are still on scene working to determine the cause of the fire. Roads were blocked off early Sunday while fire crews conducted their investigation.

Additional details weren't immediately available. As we learn more, we will update this story.

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