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More than 90 firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze at a vacant building near Arden Way and Watt Avenue Sunday afternoon.

No one was injured.

The flames climbed more than three stories into the air, and thick black smoke billowed even higher still.

“I thought my house was on fire because it was so close to it I got a little scared,” said 9-year-old Lexy Cruz.

The building is near a Safeway and Orchard Supply Hardware, but has been vacant for some time. It previously housed an Adventure Sports.

“We are definitely going to have to demolish the whole thing,” said Karun Yee, a co-owner of the building.

Yee said no paying occupant had been in the building in three years.

“We’ve had homeless people living here before. We’ve always shooed them off and done whatever we could,” Yee said.

The building is timber construction, and fire fighters went defensive on it immediately.

“What you might call surround and drown,” said Metro Fire Department Spokesman Rashawn Fulcher. “We didn’t want to risk the lives of fire fighters inside, and the structure was already lost.”

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but arson is considered a possibility.