Fire erupts at Alliant University dorm

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SAN DIEGO -- Fire ravaged a dormitory building at Alliant International University in San Diego Saturday, causing a non-critical injury to a firefighter. The blaze, which went to two alarms, was reported at 6 p.m. in Building 22 on the campus at 10455 Pomerado Road, according to Capt. Joe Amador, public information officer with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The fire was in a four-plex, destroying two units and leaving two others with heavy smoke damage. "I was half-asleep when I heard screaming. I started to smell smoke, I ran out and half the house was on fire," said student Martin Laejaard. According to Battalion Chief David Pilkerton, nearly two dozen students safely evacuated. Some claimed the fire started in an air conditioning unit in one of the dorms. A second alarm was called at 6:40 p.m. and five minutes later firefighters “went defensive,'' battling the flames from outside the structure, Amador said. It was not immediately clear if the firefighter required a trip to a hospital. All building personnel were accounted for, according to San Diego Fire Department.