Alta Vista fire leaves family of 5 homeless

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SAN DIEGO — A space heater was to blame for a City-Heights area house fire Wednesday that left two adults and three children without a place to stay, authorities said.

City-Heights area house fire

Fire damages Alta Vista home

The fire started in the front living room of a house on 1400 block of S. 58th Street in Alta Vista at 8:40 a.m., according to a San Diego fire-rescue dispatcher. It was extinguished within 10 minutes.

A man suffered smoke-inhalation and was taken to a local hospital, fire officials told Fox 5. No other injuries were reported.

SDFRD officials said the cause of the fire was space heater. National City firefighters assisted in the incident.

About an hour later, a fire of unknown origin started in a Mountain View-area home and sent one person to a hospital.

Mountain View house fire

Mountain View house fire

The blaze in the 3700 block of Clinton Street was reported about 9:45 a.m., according to the SDFRD.

It took crews about 15 minutes to extinguish the flames, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

Medics took a resident to UCSD Medical Center for evaluation of possible respiratory trauma due to smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blaze that caused an estimated $300,000 worth of damage was under investigation, Swanson said.

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