SAN DIEGO – An aggressive two-alarm fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to an apartment complex in Mira Mesa early Friday morning and sent one woman to a hospital.
The fire was reported at 1:13 a.m. at a two-story building in the 8300 block of Capricorn Way. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department reports that crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from a first-floor unit. A second floor apartment directly above was immediately threatened, prompting SDFR to call for a second alarm.
A woman who lives in the first floor apartment was awakened by her smoke alarm. She suffered smoke inhalation and was taken by ambulance to Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa.
Firefighters were able to contain the bulk of the fire to the first floor and canceled the second alarm.
SDFR reports that the first floor unit sustained significant fire damage estimated at $600,000. The second floor unit also sustained extensive smoke damage, along with some smoke damage to several adjacent units. The damage to the surrounding apartments was estimated at $200,000.
The Red Cross was assisting the resident of the second-story unit with temporary housing.
The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation. It is not believed to be related to the 5.2 magnitude Borrego Springs earthquake which occurred just minutes prior to the fire call.