Woman admits starting house fire that injured 3


Firefighter assesses the damage from a house fire in Palm City.

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SAN DIEGO — A woman was arrested Thursday after an arson fire damaged a Palm City group home and sent a resident and two police officers to hospitals with smoke-related ailments, a fire captain said.

The blaze in the 2200 block of Donax Avenue erupted about 11:30 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

While dousing the flames, firefighters rescued a man trapped in a back bedroom, SDFRD Capt. Joe Amador said. Medics took him to a hospital for evaluation of respiratory trauma.

A pair of San Diego police officers who had aided engine crews at the scene of the blaze later went to an emergency room on their own, also for treatment of smoke inhalation.

A woman who lives at the home for disabled adults admitted to intentionally igniting the fire and was taken into custody, the captain said. Her name was not immediately available. jAuthorities did not say what her motive was for setting the fire.

Investigators set the monetary losses at $100,000 to the structure and $20,000 to contents.

The American Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents arrange for interim lodging.

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