SAN DIEGO – A smoldering fire beneath a home’s floor in Paradise Hills sent 10 people out the door Sunday, as smoke filled the structure, according to San Diego fire officials.
“I have my sweater, my pants and my shirts,” said 5th grader, Ridwan Shooble.
Ridwan Shooble grabbed just a few necessities and shoved them in his backpack.
Resident, Ridwan Shooble “I was in my bed using my phone and my dad I hear him coughing, and he says fire fire get out get out,” said Ridwan.
Firefighters were dispatched to the 3000 block of Dardaina Drive at about 8:45 a.m., after a man in the two-story house called 911 to report the smoke, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz.
Bana Atik is visiting his uncle’s family from Georgia when he heard neighbors yelling and knocking on the door.
“I just smelled smoke. I got scared so I ran in the kitchen and I just seen black smoke in the whole kitchen area air vent,” said Bana Atik.
Seven children and three adults made it out safely.Three of them suffered smoke inhalation, but were treated at the scene and not hospitalized, Munoz said.
“Yeah, scary I mean the smoke was like, a lot of smoke,” said resident, Hamza Shooble.
Hamza Shooble says none of his family’s furniture or belongings were burned but the fire destroyed the electrical system and sent thick black smoke through the vents of the two-story house.
“It started from that side, the heater I mean we’ve been having problems with the heater,” said Shooble.
While the cause of the first-alarm fire had not yet been determined by investigators, it was limited to the home’s sub-flooring, Muñoz said.
The Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents find temporary housing.
“Yeah, I’m so glad everyone got out, luckily no one got hurt cause that would be tragic,” said relative, Bana Atik.