Firefighters battle condo blaze

SAN DIEGO -- Firefighters battled a residential garage fire in the 3700 block of Balboa Terrace on Friday morning.

The fire started just north of Balboa Avenue and east of Interstate 5 in the Bay Ho area, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Firefighters received the call shortly before 11 a.m., and arrived to the condo to find a fire that had started in the building's garage.

Residents had already evacuated the building when engines arrived. The blaze had spread to the attic so firefighters had to pull off roofing to fight the flames.

At about 11:30 a.m., fire officials said the blaze had been knocked down. Red Cross was called to assist some of the residents, but no civilians were injured.

Two firefighters suffered "very minor burns to their ears" according to SD Fire-Rescue. They were expected to return to work later Friday.

The cause of the fire was accidental, SD Fire-Rescue said. Damage to the building was estimated at about $150,000; estimated damage to the contents of the building was $50,000.