Firefighters battle Skyline ‘hoarder house’ blaze

SAN DIEGO -- Flames from a home and backyard in the Skyline neighborhood sent thick black smoke into the air early Wednesday afternoon. Fire officials said the blaze started in an enclosed gazebo outside the house where someone had been living.

Multiple engines and fire crews fought flames in the home and cluttered yard on the 7000 block of Tuther Way, just off Skyline Drive, around 1 p.m.

The fire burnt brushy portions of the nearby hillside but did not spread to any other homes.

San Diego Fire-Rescue officials described the home as a "hoarder house." No one was living inside the home itself and no one was present at the time of the blaze, according to SDFD.

Officials said the fire caused an estimated $350,000 of damage.

The fire burned just north of Fulton Elementary School and Morse High School.