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      Fire, heavy smoke at Newport beach bathhouse

      A fire destroyed a beach side bathhouse at Easton's Beach in Newport on Monday afternoon.

      The fire was reported at about 3 p.m.

      The fire caused heavy smoke in the area and Memorial Boulevard was closed as firefighters worked to put it out.

      "We were over on the Cliff Walk about an hour ago. We just heard the sirens then we looked back toward the shore and you could see the smoke start billowing. And the smoke was coming out for probably 40 to 50 minutes before they got the water going to it," said witness James Russell.

      The fire was under control by 4:30 p.m.

      "Actually the wind was in our favor. It was going in the right direction. It wasn't blowing toward the other structure next to it. So it kind of was blowing away from everything. So we were kind of fortunate in that aspect," said Chief Dave Egan of the Newport Fire Department.

      The building was unoccupied, and no one was hurt.

      "It would have been a different story in the middle of the summer," Egan said.