RAMONA, Calif. – Ten family members escaped a fire that destroyed a granny flat before spreading to the main house in Ramona Friday morning, fire officials said.
The eight people who live on the property and two visitors woke up to flames around 5:30 a.m. They were able to get out without suffering any injuries.
It took Cal Fire and Barona Fire Department crews a couple hours to fully extinguish the fire on the 600 block of B Street.
The daughter of the homeowners told FOX 5 her family has lived on the property for decades. She has said the house was a historic home.
FOX 5 witnessed a firefighter handing portraits and paintings he found on the walls to the family.
"After so many years seeing those pictures on the wall, it's just heartbreaking, but they are okay. An emotion came over all of us," Silvia told FOX 5.
Amanda was sleeping in the house and heard sirens and an ambulance. She initially thought something had happened to her grandparents. Then, there was banging and someone started yelling, "The house is on fire! Get out!"
"We grabbed my grandma, grandpa and the dogs and ran out. That's when the house went up [in flames]," Amanda said. "This house has been in my life since I was little. My grandparents have owned the house since the 20s and now it's gone."
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Red Cross was assisting the family.