A woman escaped a house fire on Tuesday night thanks to some help from her son.
At around 11:30 p.m. a house began to burn at 6421 49th St. in Allied Gardens. The 88-year-old woman who lives alone was able to get out of the house partly because of some fire escape doors her son had installed.
She was also assisted by an off-duty Del Mar firefighter who lived in the area.
"He lives in the neighborhood here, and was able to quickly notify the occupant, and assist and get the occupant out, and that was helpful," said San Diego Fire Department Battalion Chief Dan Froelich.
The woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is recovering. Her two cats did not make it outside of the house alive.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and damages totled around $300,000.
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