TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Crews in St. Petersburg were busy battling a 3-alarm fire at a restaurant on Tyrone Boulevard Friday morning.

The fire broke out at the Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse, 2176 Tyrone Boulevard North. It was upgraded to a 3-alarm as crews worked to extinguish the blaze.

Many people told 8 On Your Side the local restaurant was a staple in the community.

“It’s just terrible because it was a great place to eat and close to our house. I feel bad for them. Lots of birthdays celebrated there so it’s sad,” said Molly Hollingsworth.

The St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue said firefighters had trouble entering some areas of the restaurant, so they “backed out of the building” for their safety and set up a defensive attack.

“As of now we have multiple sources of water from all sides of the building,” Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Garth Swingle said.

No injuries have been reported at this time. Further information about the fire was not immediately available.