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Encinitas house fire leads to bluff collapse

Posted at 8:46 AM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 16:01:23-05

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) -- A fire destroyed an Encinitas home late Sunday night, and water used to douse the flames led to a portion of a bluff behind the house to collapse.

The fire was reported at around 10:45 p.m. at a home in the 1400 block of Neptune Avenue, according to fire officials.

10News learned 30-40 firefighters from various agencies responded to the three-alarm fire.

A woman who was inside the home managed to escape without injuries, but the blaze caused significant damage to the house.

At one point during the firefighting effort, part of the home’s roof collapsed.

Flames threatened the home next door, forcing occupants to evacuate, but firefighters were able to save that house.

After about two hours, crews were able to douse the flames.

However, due to the amount of water used and the rainfall early Monday morning, a chunk of the bluff behind the home collapsed.

No injuries were reported due to the bluff collapse, but 10News learned a soil engineer was summoned to the scene to investigate.