SAN DIEGO – A furious fire destroyed a City Heights home early Wednesday morning and forced neighbors rushing out of their own homes.
The fire broke out before 3:12 a.m. in the area of 35th Street and University Avenue. San Diego Fire-Rescue crews arrived to find flames shooting into the air, but no one inside the home at the time.
Neighbors were evacuated as firefighters worked to contain the blaze and keep it from spreading to adjacent homes. The fire started in the front of the home and moved to the back, SDFR officials said.
A family of six who lives next door to the burning home told 10News they grabbed whatever belongings they could as they ran out.
“In the middle of the night we heard some popping noise,” said one man. “We wake up, we look at the window is all red, so, we know it’s some fire. So I ran out and wake them up and call 911 right away.”
There were no reported injuries.
The home where the blaze broke out was a complete loss. An adjacent home sustained light damage, SDFR said. As of 5 a.m., neighbors were still not being allowed to return to their homes.
A Metro Arson Strike Team was on scene investigating the cause of the blaze, which was not immediately confirmed.