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Howard Johnson Hotel in College East area evacuated after fire erupts

Posted at 7:42 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 12:39:02-04

San Diego (KGTV) -- Hotel guest jolted awake after the Howard Johnson by Wyndham caught fire, early Tuesday morning.

The fire erupted around 4:15 a.m. on El Cajon Blvd in the College East neighborhood.

One of the rooms was destroyed, and two others were severely damaged, according to firefighters. At least 4 to 5 units are reported to be uninhabitable for various reasons.

It took about 20 minutes to knock down the fire.

One man staying in the unit right next to the fire, told ABC 10News he had to run right past the flames to escape.

The entire hotel was evacuated, and everyone managed to get out safely. No one was hurt.

Firefighters are trying to figure out if anyone was inside the unit when it caught fire. The cause is under investigation.

This is a developing story, stay with ABC 10News for the latest updates.