San Diego

Woman Injured in Fire at Point Loma Condo Complex

Firefighters called in extra crews to fight a fire that ripped through a unit of a two-story condominium complex in Point Loma, injuring a woman Friday morning.

San Diego Fire-Rescue crews saw flames and thick smoke pouring from an upstairs unit of the apartment complex on Udall Street east of Nimitz Boulevard at about 7 a.m.

The SDFD said there was a security door and bars on the unit's window that forced them to enter through an outdoor balcony. 

A woman was inside the unit. She was injured and taken to a local hospital, a fire dispatcher said. The type and severity of the injuries were not disclosed. 

The unit was heavily damaged and crews had to cut a hole in the roof to vent the apartment, SDFD said.

Nearby units will likely have smoke and water damage as well. The Red Cross was called to assist at least nine people who were displaced. 

Several people were evacuated as crews tackled the blaze. 

One evacuee told NBC 7 he heard two loud bangs that shook the walls before smelling smoke.

"I ran up there and smoke was pouring out of the front door, out the top of the door. So I immediately called 911," Thomas Ranieri said. 

Firefighters initially called in a second response to help tackle the blaze, a fire dispatcher said. 

SDFD Metro Arson Strike Team estimated the damage to be $150,000 to the structure and $50,000 in damage to the contents found inside the apartment.

The offical cause is 'undetermined', according to investigators.   

Police were called to assist with traffic control in the area. 

No other information was available.

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