Fire destroys house in rural East County

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JAMUL, Calif. — A fire of unknown origin tore through a home in a rural neighborhood in the southern reaches of San Diego County Monday, causing significant structural damage.

The blaze on Bratton Valley Road in the Jamul area erupted shortly before 3 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

Jamul fireThough the flames ravaged much of the two-story house, crews apparently were able to save enough of it to keep it from being a total loss, said Kendal Bortisser, a fire captain with the state agency. They were still dousing hot spots 2 1/2 hours after the start of the blaze, which also charred a small patch of nearby brush.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. No residents were home when it began spreading, Bortisser said.

No injuries were reported.