SAN DIEGO – Investigators trying to determine what caused a fire in a parking garage underneath a Hillcrest apartment complex that destroyed three cars and forced residents to run out in the early morning hours Friday.
The blaze broke out before 4:40 a.m. in the 3900 block of Cleveland Avenue. According to San Diego-Fire, crews arrived to find three cars ablaze in the underground parking garage and a broken water pipe.
All the residents in the building escaped safely and there were no reported injuries. The fire was knocked down before 6 a.m.
"I opened up the door, you could smell the smoke, and that's when everyone started running," Robert Maines told 10News.
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The cars were destroyed. More vehicles were covered in ash. Many items in nearby storage units also sustained smoke and water damage. The total damage was estimated at $600,000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.