South Bay Resident Fights Fire with Garden Hose

The blaze started in a shed between two houses

By Monica Dean
|  Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012  |  Updated 11:39 AM PDT
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Local Fights Fire with Garden Hose

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One resident fought back a house fire with a garden hose in San Ysidro early Wednesday.

Fire burned a shed in between two houses on the 100 block of Diza Road around 2:30 a.m.

One neighbor said he woke up with a bad feeling something was wrong -- and his intuition turned out to be right. That neighbor woke up, saw the flames outside and evacuated his wife and children.

San Diego firefighters arrived and quickly put out the flames.  Officials say the fire was in danger of spreading to the two nearby homes.

A resident said after he got his family out safely he rushed next door to rescue an older neighbor -- he said he found the woman in the back dousing the flames with a garden hose.

“I went next door and nobody would come out and I kept on knocking and knocking after I got my family out and the lady next door was trying to put the fire out too,” said fire witness Alex Villarreal. "She was in danger and I just kept yelling at her to leave.  After that I don't know what happened to her."

That woman was not injured in the fire. The man that came to help her was treated for minor smoke inhalation.

Fire officials said they are investigating the incident. 

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