No one was injured in a fire that caused thousands of dollars in damage to two Douglas Avenue businesses early Sunday morning.

A person who lived in one of the apartments noticed smoke coming from the roof of the building called 911. Fire and rescue personnel from the Racine Fire Department responded to the call at the Dulceria La Chatizz, 1326 Douglas Ave., and the Mi Jacilito restaurant, 1318 Douglas Ave. at 1:47 a.m.

Crews quickly put out the fire, which was contained to the first floor of the two-story building. All five of the people living in the upper apartment were able to get out of the building. No one was injured and they were able to make other living arrangements.

Both businesses are on the first floor. Jose Efrain Sanchezs owns the Dulceria La Chatizz building and Ignacio Jaramillo Guzman owns the Mi Jacilito restaurant building. Officials with the Racine Fire Department are still investigating the cause of the fire.

The estimated damage to the building is $48,000.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.