IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. - No one was injured but five people, including an infant, were evacuated from an early morning fire in at an apartment in Imperial Beach on Sunday.
"A call came in at 5:35 a.m. of a fire in apartment 4 of two-story Holly Avenue Condos at 1340 Holly Ave.," San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson said. "It took about 20 to 25 minutes for firefighters to knock it down."
Residents say it was one of the most frightening moments of their lives.
"I opened up the door and there was about four feet of flames right up at our doorstep," said neighbor Skyler Fleming. He and his family live above the unit where the fire started. Fortunately, their home did not burn as firefighters worked quickly to keep flames from spreading.
Residents say as soon as they saw the fire they got out as quickly as they could.
"It all happened so fast, really. We had to jump out the window instead of getting out through the door," said resident Kristen Taylor. "There were flames at the door."
Firefighters say one woman was taken to the hospital for burns to her face and arms and that a puppy that could not escape died in the fire.
Crews boarded up windows and cleaned up debris as investigators worked to determine the cause.
"It was just a shock … opening the door to a fire, definitely wasn't expecting it at all," said Fleming.
Swanson said the people displaced by the blaze were being assisted by the Red Cross to find temporary housing.
There was no damage estimate given.