Firefighters work to get a handle on a brush fire that sparked in Rancho San Diego

Posted at 5:32 PM, Jun 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-03 00:13:56-04

(KGTV) -  A brush fire sparked in Rancho San Diego near Jamacha Rd. and Fury Ln. at 4:08 p.m. on Saturday.

California Highway Patrol reported that flames broke out in an brush-filled area north of the Villa MonteVina condominium complex. 

The fire scorched a little over two acres. Crews prevented it from spreading and damaging any buildings, knocking down the fire within an hour.

Neighbors were terrified as they ran out of their homes, "I literally came in from walking my dog and I heard loud popping. I looked out my window... I mean it just, huge huge flame right there," Dara Pisiona said. She was most concerned about the gas lines next to her condo, saying she and her neighbors needed to get out of there.

Dozens of people were evacuated. No one was injured. 

"You know what? I grabbed my dog and my grandmother's rosary beads," Pisiona said she didn't have time to think about taking anything else with her.

Firefighters remained on scene for several hours to mop up any remaining hot spots. Fury Lane between Jamacha Road and Brabham Street for several hours.

The cause of the fire is unknown, arson investigators were called to the scene. Fire Chief Andy Lawler said the fire started near the pool area of the condos and spread toward a homeless encampment.