VISALIA, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A restaurant went up in flames after a dumpster fire spread to the building in downtown Visalia on Sunday evening.

Around 4:30 p.m., crews from the Visalia Fire Department responded to the area of Main and Floral streets after several people called 911 to report a fire.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy flames coming from Alejandra’s Restaurant, just a couple of doors down from the historic Visalia Fox Theater.

Firefighters say they believe the fire was started in a dumpster behind Alejandra’s, catching the building on fire. The intense flames then spread from the restaurant to the rooftops of a nearby Jimmy John’s and a jewelry store, causing damage to both businesses.

The fire sent huge clouds of black smoke billowing across the sky in the downtown area.

Crews from the Visalia Fire Department taped off the intersection as they worked to protect the Fox Theater and other nearby buildings from the flames.

Officials say the fire started in a dumpster near the business. (Photo: Visalia Watchdog)

At this time, officials say the fire has not caused any damage to the theater. No injuries were reported in connection to the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but firefighters say it appears to be suspicious.