Cooking accident leads to house fire

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SAN DIEGO -- A cooking accident set a Chollas Creek-area home ablaze Wednesday, causing an estimated $250,000 worth of damage and leaving two people in need of temporary housing assistance.

Flames began spreading through the rear of the single-story house in the 2300 block of Ridge View Drive about 9:45 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

It took crews roughly 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze, SDFRD Capt. Joe Amador said.

Investigators determined that unattended food on a propane stove on a back patio caught fire and ignited the residence. The monetary losses were set at $200,000 to the structure and $50,000 to contents.

The American Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents -- both adults -- arrange for interim lodging, Amador said.