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Davis Dumpling House restaurant damaged by fire

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The Dumpling House restaurant in Davis was damaged by a fire on Monday, May 21, 2018.
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The Dumpling House restaurant in Davis was damaged by a fire on Monday, May 21, 2018.

A fire damaged the Dumpling House restaurant in downtown Davis Monday evening and forced nearby businesses to evacuate.

No injuries were reported. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the blaze.

The fire started in an attic and spread through the second floor in a vacant part of the building at 129 E St., which houses several businesses – including the Dumpling House, said Joe Tenney, the Davis Fire Department's division chief on duty.

Tenney said firefighters responded at 5:24 p.m. and got the initial blaze "knocked down pretty quickly," but spent four hours combing through the burnt building for hot spots where pockets of fire could be lurking, and salvaging what they could from the wreckage.

The fire department upgraded the incident to a second-alarm fire – meaning they received backup from units in Woodland, West Sacramento and Dixon after arriving on site, because of the structure of the nearby buildings, which are clustered close together in an area called Orange Court.

"Those buildings are really old (with) a lot of wood construction," Tenney said.

The Dumpling House sustained "plenty of water damage and significant structural damages from the fire," said Tenney, who expects it to be closed for some time for repairs and remodeling. He said no other businesses were damaged.

The California Aggie, UC Davis' student newspaper, said Davis fire chief Daryl Arbuthnott estimated $80,000 in structural damages, but Tenney "guarantees" the total cost will be much more.