FALLBROOK, Calif. – Firefighters had a tough time battling a fire in Fallbrook that destroyed a house and spread to brush surrounding the property Sunday evening.
It took firefighters a couple hours to knock down a house fire in the 39000 block of De Luz Road in Fallbrook Sunday, according to Cal Fire officials. The fire started around 6:30 p.m. and had charred about a half-acre of brush and engulfed the house by 8:30 p.m.
“According to the homeowner, he was watching TV when the power went out. While he was searching for the reason for the outage he opened the door to a bedroom and found active fire in the bedroom. He pulled his sleeping wife from the room and got her out of the house,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said, adding that another woman living in the home was also unhurt, as were the firefighters sent to fight the fire.
The 2500-square-foot house was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived, and a quarter-acre of brush was already burning, Schuler said.
Seven fire engines, one paramedic unit, three water tenders and two battalion chiefs were dispatched to the site of the fire — a substantial response reflecting fears that, given the location of the house on a ridge, the blaze could have spread by burning downward, he said.
The house was a total loss except for a garage, Schuler said.
The bulk of the fire was out in the home and contained to 1/4 acre outside by 8 p.m., he said. Crews were ordered to remain on the scene all night to extinguish any hot spots, especially since Santa Ana winds were expected to pick up in the morning, Schuler said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said.