An elderly man was hospitalized early Saturday after a two-alarm fire sparked at an El Cajon house, forcing eight people out of their home.
The Heartland Fire & Rescue Department said it received a call of the blaze at about 3:20 a.m. at a home on the 1700 block of Hacienda Dr. There, firefighters encountered flames ripping through the home and they called for a second alarm.
Video of the overnight firefight showed bright, orange flames inside the house as crews worked to extinguish them. Crews were able to douse the fire and as of 7 a.m., firefighters remained on the scene to clean what was left of the scene.
An elderly man was found in the backyard of the home with mild injuries and was hospitalized as a result, according to authorities. One another person was also taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation.
A total of eight people and a dog were displaced as a result of the blaze. The house was deemed a total loss and damages are estimated to be $1 million.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the El Cajon Police Department and Sheriff Bomb & Arson.