Exploding ammo heard as home near Ocean Beach goes up in flames


Firefighters stand outside a garage where SDPD reported “possible ammunition exploding” during a fire on Thursday Oct. 15, 2020.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Flames engulfed a home near Ocean Beach Thursday afternoon, prompting evacuations as loud popping sounds possibly caused by discharging ammunition sounded from within the burning home.

The blaze in the 4400 block of Niagara Avenue erupted for unknown reasons shortly before 2 p.m., the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department reported.

Patrol officers cleared people out of nearby residences as firefighters were en route.

Witnesses reported hearing what sounded like firearm cartridges going off inside the small single-family home as the flames spread through it, police said.

It took firefighters about 15 minutes to subdue the blaze, according to SDFRD public affairs.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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