Sheds containing family mementos destroyed in fire

SAN DIEGO -- Two sheds were destroyed in fire that broke out in Encanto Tuesday.

The sheds were located on a property located in the 1200 block of Stamen Street. One of the sheds was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived, officials confirmed.

Firefighters became aware of the fire just before noon and were able to distinguish the flames within 15 minutes, fire officials said.

“During the course of the firefight one of the sheds completely collapsed nearly on the firefighters. Luckily we didn’t have any injuries,” San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion ChiefJeff Mitchell said.

Jonathan and Kenneth Daplas said it was two family sheds -- recently redone by their father -- that were destroyed in the fire.

“They have old pictures and stuff when we were [kids]. This is where we grew up. My brother, my sister we went to Morse High School. So all our old stuff is probably in that storage. A lot of gifts. Every Christmas we exchanged gifts and my dad normally stored them there,” Kenneth Daplas said.

“Just surprised. Just devastating,” his brother Jonathan said.

Even though they are sad about losing sentimental things they are looking at the bright side -- no one was hurt and two family homes were spared.

"You can't replace life. Things, it's just personal stuff. I know they're memorable, they kind of bring memories, but life is more important," Kenneth said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.