Suspected ‘hoarder home’ catches fire in Rancho Peñasquitos

SAN DIEGO – A fire broke out in a garage of a home packed with items in Rancho Peñasquitos early Wednesday morning.

The fire was reported at around 4:40 a.m. at a duplex in the 9000 block of High Park Lane in Rancho Peñasquitos. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 30 minutes.

The entire house was packed with items which made it difficult for firefighters to work.  Firefighters at the scene told emergency dispatchers that the residence appeared to be a "hoarder home."  The garage was stacked floor
to ceiling with boxes, stacks of papers and other miscellaneous household items. Firefighters reported that the cluttered inside the home made it difficult to search for any potential victims and find the source of the

Firefighters cut a hole in the roof to get access to the location where the fire was burning, San Diego Fire Rescue Department Battalion Chief Alan Arrollado said.

Authorities have yet to contact the homeowner, who may have been out of town based on the stack of mail outside, Arrollado said. Fire crews made several searches inside the residence and found no one inside. They were waiting for cadaver dogs to make a final sweep of the home.

At least three fire engines, a truck, paramedics and other personnel were sent to the home.

There were no reports of injuries.