TAKING A CLOSER LOOK: Santa Monica fire fighters gather outside of the Gate of India restaurant on Monday afternoon inspecting the damage caused by an early morning fire. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com)

TAKING A CLOSER LOOK: Santa Monica fire fighters gather outside of the Gate of India restaurant on Monday afternoon inspecting the damage caused by an early morning fire. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com)

The Santa Monica Fire Department on early Monday morning put out a fire in the rear alley of the Gate of India restaurant located at 115 Santa Monica Blvd.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation, fire officials said.

When fire fighters arrived at approximately 2:30 a.m. they found an active fire near the restaurant, which is located in a two-story building with 19 apartments on top of five restaurants.

Fire crews operating two hand lines quickly made entry into the restaurant and suppressed the fire, officials said.

Power to the surrounding area was disrupted briefly because of the involvement of several high voltage power boxes, but was restored quickly by Southern California Edison. However, Edison was still working Monday afternoon to restore power to the businesses and apartments at the location, officials said.

Displaced residents were initially sheltered at a vacant business across from the location. Once the building cleared of smoke, residents were allowed to return to their homes.