The fire at the 5000 block of College Avenue was reported at 5:12 a.m. and knocked down about 25 minutes later, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson. No injuries were reported.
The fire was started by smoldering smoking material in a trash can, Swanson reported, adding that damage was estimated at $150,000 to the structure, $50,000 to its contents and $50,000 to exterior things.
Five college students were the house when the fire started and were able to escaped without injury.
According to Swanson, the house was formerly a fraternity house, but is not privately owned and is a rental property.