Black smoke was reported coming from the tented 5-bedroom home at 5421 Bahia Lane at 2:54 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. When the first fire crew arrived, firefighters realized that the home was covered with tarps and being fumigated, so they immediately called for backup.
A hazardous materials crew and a water-dropping helicopter were sent to the fire, along with about a dozen fire trucks. Firefighters could not enter the building because of the fumigation gas and had to wait until they removed the tarps covering the house.
According to SDFD, damages to the house and it’s contents reached $550,000 and the cause of the fire was believed accidental.
Two firefighters were taken to a Scripps hospital for minor injuries, including a sprained thumb and complaints of being dizzy, authorities said.