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30 people displaced in Oceanside structure fire

Posted at 2:40 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 09:52:24-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) — Firefighters battled a fire at a North County residence Saturday.

The 3-alarm blaze was reported in the 1400 block of Division Street just after 2:30 p.m., according to an Oceanside Fire Battalion Chief. It took fire crews an hour to get the upper hand in the firefight, due to the wind and lack of resources, according to fire officials.

Three people were injured. Two people were transported to UCSD hospital for burn injuries. One man was burned on the arm, according to his father, Alfredo Muruato. Muruato said his son and his daughter-in-law were asleep when the fire started and were awoken by the dog.

Another resident, Carla Vega, described the harrowing ordeal. She said she was in the shower when she heard a loud boom, "I peeked out my head and smelled fire so I got out of the shower... I just saw a bunch of smoke everybody running." She said everyone was panicked.

When she returned to remove her things, she said everyone was going to have to find another place to live. "Everything is replaceable, it is materialistic, my life is not materialistic, that’s what matters, I got myself out, my dog," Vega said.

The Red Cross is assisting more than 30 people were displaced in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Arson investigators were on scene.