A total of 35 firefighters battled a stubborn blaze that ripped through a duplex in Oceanside Saturday night, prompting evacuations of nearby homes.
The two-alarm fire began around 7:20 p.m. at a home in the 3200 block of Coral Drive. Fire crews arrived within minutes, only to find the home engulfed in flames.
Officials say firefighters attempted to advance two hose lines through the front door of the duplex, however, thick, black smoke and extreme heat significantly hindered their progress.
Ultimately, officials say firefighters were forced to retreat and tackle the blaze from outside the structure.
The fire was primarily in the attic and two adjoining garages, so crews cut holes in the roof, which officials say helped limit the damage to the second home.
As crews battled the blaze, officials from the Oceanside Police Department evacuated surrounding residents.
Altogether, 35 firefighters from Oceanside, Vista and Carlsbad worked together to tackle the fire, which was under control within 50 minutes.
Officials say the home engulfed by the fire sustained approximately $350,000 in damages. Three residents were displaced, but no one was injured. Another house on the north side of the fire also sustained some damage.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.