Apartment fire forces 2 residents from home


San Diego Fire-Rescue at the scene of an apartment fire that forced residents from their home.

SAN DIEGO — Two residents were displaced Tuesday when fire damaged a kitchen inside one unit of a Mira Mesa apartment complex, authorities said.

The non-injury blaze was reported at 8:25 a.m. at a two-story apartment complex on Black Mountain Road near Gold Coast Drive, just south of Miramar College, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

Firefighters arrived and found light smoke showing from the outside of one of the units, Munoz said.

Crews doused the flames within 20 minutes and kept the fire from spreading beyond the kitchen, she said.

The American Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents — two adults — arrange for interim lodging.

One of the residents, Darlene Cooper, is a teacher with the San Diego Unified School District. In the days following the fire, members of the school district launched a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for Cooper.

A damage estimate was not available and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

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