SAN DIEGO - A house fire in Valencia Park displaced five people on Wednesday, left one of them with smoke-related respiratory trouble and caused about $400,000 in damage.
A space heater operating too close to something flammable sparked the blaze in the 1400 block of South 58th Street about 8:30 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
It took crews roughly 15 minutes to subdue the flames, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.
Medics transported an 87-year-old man to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest for treatment of smoke inhalation.
The American Red Cross was called in to help secure emergency housing for the three adults and two children who had lived in the single-story home, Swanson said.
Investigators set the losses at $300,000 to the structure and $100,000 to contents.
Fire crews also responded to a second house fire Wednesday in Mountain View that caused an estimated $300,000 worth of damage and sent one person to a hospital.
The blaze in the 3700 block of Clinton Street was reported about 9:45 a.m. It took crews about 15 minutes to extinguish the flames, Swanson said.
Medics took a resident to UCSD Medical Center for evaluation of possible respiratory trauma due to smoke inhalation.
The cause of that blaze was under investigation, Swanson said.