Early morning fire destroys Spokane's Shogun restaurant

SPOKANE, Wash - Spokane firefighters spent seven hours Sunday morning battling flames at the Shogun restaurant on the east end of downtown.

The fire started around 3:30 a.m. By 6:00 a.m., two of the massive beams at the front of the building had collapsed.

Firefighters tried to go into the building to fight the flames, but were forced out by deteriorating conditions above them.

The fire was declared under control around 10:30 a.m., seven hours after it began. SFD says the building appears to be a total loss. 

According to a release, several nearby buildings were at risk from the flames, but crews were able to prevent those from damage and confine the fire to the original building. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department’s Special Investigation Unit.

Several nearby intersections, including Sprague Way and Third Avenue, and Arthur and 2nd Avenue, were flooded by the significant amount of water it took to fight the fire. 

The hibachi-style restaurant on East 3rd opened in 1992. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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