SAN DIEGO - Flames tore through a Valencia Park home late Wednesday afternoon, causing $300,000 in damage and leaving a resident suffering from smoke inhalation.
The blaze in the 5600 block of Santa Margarita Street was reported shortly before 5 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Crews needed about 15 minutes to extinguish the flames, a dispatcher said. Paramedics gave a woman oxygen at the scene to help ease the respiratory distress she suffered while fleeing the burning residence, he said.
The woman, who was only identified as Annie, was taking a nap when the fire broke out. She said she heard an alarm but at first did not think anything of it.
"I thought it was one of my freezers in the garage because it sounds somewhat similar to that because that's what it does when the door has not been closed completely," she said.
Annie says she ignored the alarm for a few minutes. When she got up to check it out, she was confronted with a horrifying sight.
"It was white smoke and then like all of a sudden, it turned into black smoke," she said. "That's when I ran outside and got the water hose."
The fire caused $200,000 in property loss and $100,000 in damage to the contents, a dispatcher said. The Red Cross was called to provide lodging for the two displaced occupants.
Annie says she did not want to leave the house that she loves so much.
"I bought up here in 1981," she said. "First house I ever bought... been here ever since."
Now, Annie is just hoping she can rebuild. She told 10News that she does have insurance.
The cause of the blaze was under investigation.