Fire damages historic Victorian house


Smoke billows from a Chula Vista home Monday after firefighters doused flames with water.

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Flames spread through a 19th-century South Bay home Monday, extensively damaging the historic structure and injuring a firefighter.

The call came in around 8:32 a.m. for the historic Victorian home on the 200 block of Davidson Street in Chula Vista, according to the Chula Vista Fire Department.

Firefighters had the flames under control in about 30 minutes, city fire Capt. Linda D'Orsi said. Paramedics took one of the crew members to UCSD Medical Center in San Diego, where he was treated for first- and second-degree burns to his legs. No one was inside the home at the time.

Officers with the Chula Vista Police Department were also on scene assisting.

"There was a passing of-duty paramedic that called it in," D'Orsi said.

The residence, known as the Hancil Cordrey House, was built in the 1880s, according to city records. It is one of the few remaining  historic Victorian homes in Chula Vista. Much of its original design was maintained over the last century and the home received historic designation in 1987.

"I was in shock," Nallely Hernandez told FOX 5.  Hernandez lives in the neighborhood and said the home is also well-known for its elaborate Halloween decorations.

The cause of the fire, which damaged the two upper floors of the home, was under investigation.

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