Crews prevent house fire on slopes of Mt. Woodson from spreading

RAMONA, Calif. -- Fire crews put out a house fire burning near Mount Woodson in Ramona Monday before it spread to the surrounding chaparral, but the home was a complete loss.

SkyFOX showed the tall flames and thick black smoke rising from the back-country homein the 16000 block of Salida del Sol just after 1:30 p.m. Cal Fire ground crews were aided by SDG&E's Sky Maverick helicopter, which made 15 water drops on the home.

A couple told Fox 5 they lived in the house with their two kids.

Patrice Doona said her mother was at the house watching her one-year-old daughter when the fire broke out.

"She called me and said my house was on fire. She said she was going to get the the garden hose to try to put it out," said Doona.

A nearby neighbor saw the fire and drove the woman and her granddaughter to safety.

"Everybody's safe - that's the most important. We lost all our stuff, but that's replaceable," said Doona.

Though the blaze broke out during a period of heightened weather- related wildfire danger, ground crews and personnel aboard firefighting aircraft were able to keep the flames from spreading to nearby vegetation, said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jon Heggie.

No injuries were reported, but the home was destroyed.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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