Families Escape Flames in Apt. Fire

The fire broke out at 2:45 a.m. in the apartments at 1135 E Ave.

By Elena Gomez and R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Dec 19, 2013  |  Updated 7:42 AM PDT
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Video from the scene of the apartment fire in National City on E Avenue, Thursday Dec. 19, 2013.

Video from the scene of the apartment fire in National City on E Avenue, Thursday Dec. 19, 2013.

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Residents Evacuated in Apartment Fire

Resident Mark Yabut describes the moment he discovered the apartment in his building was on fire.
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Fire destroyed a two-story apartment and forced seven people out of their homes in National City early Thursday.

The fire broke out at 2:45 a.m. in the Kimball Willows Apartments at 1135 E Ave.

Soon after, law enforcement officers were knocking on the doors of residents telling them to get out quickly.

It took firefighters 15 minutes to control the blaze.

Seven people were evacuated from three other apartments because of smoke and power issues.

The woman at home at the time of the fire was not injured.

The cause of the fire was under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious, officials told NBC 7.

National City Battalion Chief Larry Silva said the fire appeared to be coming from the kitchen and may have originated on the stove.

By 7 a.m., residents were back in their homes.

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