Fountain Avenue at Sweetzer was blocked briefly at around 7:30 a.m. today as firefighters and sheriff’s deputies responded to a fire at the Mirador apartment building.
Capt. Fred Salmo of the Fire Department’s Station 7 said it was a small fire in the parking garage and no one was hurt.
The Mirador, which is seven stories high and contains 32 units, was built in 1929 and has been empty for 10 years. Its owner, Jerome Nash, evicted tenants after failing to get city approval for his proposals to renovate the building and convert it to condominiums or a hotel.
Under the state’s Ellis Act, the owner of a building subject to the city’s rent control rules can “go out of business,” by evicting all tenants and leaving the building empty for five years. At that point, the owner is free to convert the building to condominiums.