Dozens were forced from the homes in Oceanside Tuesday after a nearby warehouse caught fire sending flames nearly 100 feet in the air.
The fire started around 8:30 p.m. at the Nagata Farm Company, a produce plant on North River Road.
Seven homes on the east side of River Road were evacuated for a short time.
Photographer Laura Schafer, who lives in the neighborhood, captured the intensity of the fire through several still images.
Witnesses described heard some distance away. Flames rose up nearly 100 feet in the air and seemed to light up the sky over Oceanside.
The business was closed when the fire started. No one was injured.
Investigators say the oldest of several structures in the complex was damaged by the fire fueled by propane tanks stored behind the structure.