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Kelly Graml, an attorney who has an office across the street, tells Hair Balls: "It's totally burning down. There are five -- no, six -- fire trucks here, including one with a ladder, and about 50 firemen. Black smoke is just billowing from the roof. There are also ambulances here."
More eyewitness reports: "An air-conditioning unit fell out of building and landed at feet of firemen...Mai and her daughter are both on-scene. The daughter is said to be simultaneously bawling and taking pictures. The owner is just crying."
It seems to be intense: "You can definitely feel the heat even behind the safety cordon," the eyewitness says.
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But it doesn't sound good, if you're a fan of Mai's. The restaurant, which opened in 1978, says it was the first Vietnamese restaurant in the city.