Three dogs died in a second story apartment fire in University Heights on Tuesday, according to the San Diego Fire Department.
The fire was reported at an apartment complex on 4519 Campus Ave at 9.56 a.m., according to firefighters.
“When crews arrived, the entire apartment was engulfed in fire,” said San Diego Fire and Rescue spokesperson Maurice Luque.
Eight units were evacuated.
“They [firefighters] had to ventilate the roof. They had to cut a hole in the roof to get the smoke from the fire and the heat out,” said Luque.
The fire was knocked down at 10.08 a.m., according to firefighters. The apartment where the fire originated was destroyed.
“The woman’s three dogs were inside the residence. Unfortunately all three died inside the apartment,” said Luque.
The resident, a woman who lives alone, was at work when the fire started, Luque said.
A second apartment suffered minor smoke damage, according to firefighters.
The Metro Arson Strike Team and SDG&E also responded to the fire. The cause is under investigation.
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