1 injured in Golden Hill apartment fire

Fire reported in 1000 block of 24th Street

SAN DIEGO - A predawn apartment fire in Golden Hill Monday sent a woman to a hospital and caused an estimated $250,000 in monetary losses.

The blaze erupted in a two-story building in the 1000 block of 24th Street about 3 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Crews were able to confine the flames to a single ground-floor unit and had them fully extinguished within about 20 minutes, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said.

Medics took a woman who lives in the damaged unit to an emergency room for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The fire caused about $150,000 in structural damage and destroyed contents valued at roughly $100,000, Luque said.

James Zimmerman, one of the residents in the building, described what he saw during the rescue.

"I looked out the bedroom window, at the back and there were flames coming out of there," he said. "I realized then what was going on, I came out this way, and I saw my neighbor lying on the ground there and all the firemen were here."

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

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