Fire Burns Home in Encanto

By Monica Garske and Lea Sutton
|  Sunday, Sep 16, 2012  |  Updated 11:39 AM PDT
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A fire burned a home in Encanto Saturday. NBC 7's Lea Sutton speaks to the resident, who was home with her kids when the blaze broke out.

A fire burned a home in Encanto Saturday. NBC 7's Lea Sutton speaks to the resident, who was home with her kids when the blaze broke out.

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Seven people were displaced after their Southeast San Diego home was destroyed in a fire Saturday afternoon, officials said.

The blaze began just past 2:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of Klauber Avenue in Encanto.

When fire crews arrived, a home was on fire and there was a vegetation fire in the backyard.

Police secured the streets while approximately 65 firefighters worked to control the flames. A helicopter was requested to assist with water drops around 3 p.m.

Fire crews were able to stop the fire from spreading to other nearby structures, but the Encanto home was destroyed, officials said.

Four residents, including two little girls, were inside the house when the fire broke out but the family was able to make it out safely.

Resident Ziomara Gutierez told NBC 7 San Diego she first noticed smoke coming from a bedroom in the house and heard her dog barking.

"He was barking and all of a sudden I see black smoke coming out really fast. When we opened the door, everything just started spreading really quick. I just went inside my room as fast as I could and took out my girls, and as we were running you could see this whole smoke. It was chasing us,” explained Gutierez.

A neighbor told NBC 7 this is the second time in the past couple of weeks that a house has caught on fire on Klauber Avenue.

The cause of this latest fire is under investigation.

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