Crews battle house fires in City Heights, Encanto

Investigators rule City Heights fire arson
Posted at 6:09 AM, Apr 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-21 20:42:34-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Crews battled flames from two house fires that sprang up overnight in San Diego.

The first fire was reported in City Heights at about 3 a.m. Crews responded to a home in the 4000 block of 42nd Street engulfed in flames.

One person made it out of the home safely and surrounding neighbors were temporarily evacuated as a precaution. Neighbors say the homeowner was not inside when the fire broke out. It took about 30 minutes to knock the fire down and no injuries were reported.

San Diego Fire Department said Metro Arson Strike Team determined the fire was intentionally set. The blaze caused an estimated $300,000 in total damages.

No arrests have been made.

Fire crews also doused a fire in Encanto at an abandoned home near 66th St. and Madera St. The home's doors and windows were boarded up and transients frequented the property, according to fire crews.

No injuries were reported in that fire as well.