1 hospitalized, 21 displaced in Birdland neighborhood apartment fire

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and 21 people were displaced Sunday in a fire at an apartment complex in Birdland, fire officials said.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department crews responded to a report of a fire at an apartment complex at 2430 Cardinal Drive at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters located the first-floor apartment where the fire originated, officials said. The building has three levels and was evacuated.

Crews worked quickly to hold the fire to one two-bedroom apartment at about 1 p.m. There was significant smoke damage to the first floor.

Nine firefighting units were assigned to the incident, fire officials said.

One person was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation and displaced residents were assisted by the Red Cross.

The SDFD metro arson strike team was investigating.

Estimated damage to the structure was $150,000 and damage to the contents was $50,000.

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