Fire at Southcrest home being investigated as arson

SAN DIEGO - A fire that broke out Saturday in a single-family home in Southcrest is being investigated as arson.

Fire crews were dispatched about 12:30 p.m. to the residence on Gamma Street between South 38th and 39th streets after smoke was spotted billowing from the roof, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The fire was knocked down in about 10 minutes.

No one was injured, a fire dispatcher said.

Battalion Chief Robert Garcia told 10News the fire appears to have started in an area outside where the home's occupants were storing rolls of carpet. The fire then spread into the home's interior.

Damage was contained to the exterior of the home and one room.

No one was home at the time of the fire. Four adults and two children have been displaced.

Garcia says the home did not have a working smoke detector.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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