Students evacuated as crews battle blaze near SDSU

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SAN DIEGO -- Firefighters were battling a brush fire near Interstate 8 in the college area Sunday afternoon.

The fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. at 5500 Canyon Crest Drive near San Diego State University. Drivers could see flames and smoke as they drove along the highway near SDSU.

Firefighters were working to safely remove students from the area. According to the SDSU student newspaper, The Daily Aztec, students are being evacuated nearby from the Villa Alvarado apartment complex.

Caltrans shut down the eastbound I-8 off-ramp to College Avenue.

According to the California Highway Patrol, power to the trolley was cut in the area just before 1 p.m.

By 2 p.m., ground and air crews had stopped the fire's forward spread.

A battalion chief with San Diego Fire said they were investigating the possibility that the fire was deliberately set.

The cause of the fire was not yet known.

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