The non-injury blaze in the 3500 block of Altadena Avenue broke out shortly before 2 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames pouring out of the single-story structure, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said. It took the personnel about 20 minutes to get the blaze under control.
The American Red Cross was called in to help arrange interim housing for the displaced residents -- a woman and her three adult children, two of them daughters.
The family, who had lived in the home for about a month, told emergency crews the blaze began when their kitchen stove “kind of exploded on them'' as they were cooking in preparation for a get-together celebrating their move into the mid-city neighborhood, Swanson said.