Oceanside- October 7, 2010. About 11:15 this morning, a resident of the two-story (approx. 2000 sq./ft.) discovered a fire in the garage of their rented home at 883 Niguel St. in Oceanside, CA homes. The home was evacuated (three adults and two children), the fire department called, and a resident did his best to stop the fires progression from outside the building with a garden hose.
With arrival of the first fire company it was found that the aluminum roll-up garage door was failing due to fire exposure. Within a minute, the garage doors windows failed and, with the introduction of fresh outside air, the garage flashed over and the fire traveled via the homes ducting system to the attic space. This created a difficult fire which was very fast moving.
Do to multiple calls to 911 including erroneous information; the original dispatch indicated that as many as two elder residents may have still been inside the home. Following a search of the home by arriving firefighters this information proved to be false.
With a very aggressive fire attack plan, firefighters were able to hold the fire to the garage and part of the attic. The home had several hidden spaces and utility chases which transmitted fire from the garage to the attic. At 12:01 PM the fire was declared under control.
Interior damaged was limited with nearly all the interior furnishings and property being spared any damage. This was the direct result of the aggressive fire attack plan. Damage to the structure is estimated at $70,000 with contents damage less than $5,000. The cause is under investigation.
Also, approximately 10 parrots in an adjacent residence had to be evacuated for excessive smoke exposure.
A total of 12 fire department units from the cities of Oceanside, Vista, and the Camp Pendleton Fire Department responding. As total of 28 firefighters were assigned to the incident. In addition representatives from the Oceanside Building department, SDG&E, and the American Red Cross were requested. The Red Cross will be housing the four adults and two children displaced by the fire. -Report by Battalion Chief Rob Dunham.