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Fire rips through homes at Del Mar Beach Club in Solana Beach

Posted at 9:55 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 17:24:05-05

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) -- Dozens of residents were forced to evacuate after a fire tore through several units at a Solana Beach condominium complex, causing a part of the building’s roof to collapse.

The fire was reported shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Del Mar Beach Club at 825 South Sierra Ave., near the Del Mar Fairgrounds, according to authorities.

As the fire spread from ground floor units to the roof, responding firefighters helped residents evacuate from their homes.

The blaze also forced the closure of nearby streets.

During the firefighting effort, an evacuee told firefighters two kittens were still in one of the affected units.

Crews entered the unit, found the cats under a bed and got them to safety. The uninjured kittens were given oxygen and water after reuniting with their owner.

“I knew they would be under the bed because that’s where they go when they’re scared,” the owner told 10News.

It took multiple crews about an hour to put out the fire. 10News learned six condo units were destroyed.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was ruled accidental, according to Jim Mickelson Battalion Chief for Encinitas, Del Mar and Solana Beach.

A heat source was found to be too close to combustible materials. It's unclear what the heat source was.

“There was fire in the wall and fire in the attic,” said Mickelson. “It makes it challenging for us to get to that, we have to pull wall material and ceiling to put water on it.”

10News learned the Red Cross was assisting at least five families displaced by the fire.