Fire breaks out in Serra Mesa-area canyon

SAN DIEGO - It took crews nearly 30 minutes to put out a fire that erupted in a Serra Mesa-area canyon Tuesday.

The fire broke out just before 1:30 p.m. in a canyon near the 8600 block of Hummingbird Lane, near Interstate 805 and state Route 163.

While several homes were above the canyon, no evacuations were immediately reported, 10News learned.

"The windows started shaking and I looked out and there was the helicopter dropping water, so I just came in the backyard and there was just black smoke," said Jillian Granese.

Granese was one of several neighbors who went outside to see the fire. A helicopter tackled the flames from above, dropping two rounds of water.

Ground crews and a water-dropping helicopter helped douse the flames.

"That's a scary thing because it's made up of wood," said Rabi Soni, who lives nearby.

The blaze was only 30 feet by 30 feet, and about 25 firefighters from San Diego and Miramar fought the fire on foot.

"Because there was so much brush and because it's a deep canyon it just took a little bit to get down there that's all," said San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson.

One firefighter suffered a minor ankle injury.

The cause is under investigation.

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