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Oceanside House FireOCEANSIDE, Calif. — An Oceanside home caught fire early Monday, displacing a family of three, authorities said.

The noninjury fire in the 100 block of Ely Street was reported at 3:10 a.m., according to a North County Fire Protection District dispatcher. When the first fire engine arrived, crews saw smoke billowing out of the garage and the attached house.

Firefighters went through the house with hoses to make sure everyone had gotten out safely. Other firefighter cut holes in the ceiling of the house and found that the fire had spread from the garage into the attic of the main structure.

It took crews about 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze. They estimated the damage at about $150,000.

Investigators said the fire originated in the garage, but the cause was still under investigation.