Crews are investigating a fire that destroyed a two-story home near Palomar Mountain – the first house fire in the area in more than a decade.
The fire started around 6 p.m. Sunday at the home on Crestline Road right behind the Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.
The house was already engulfed in flames when firefighters got the call.
Crews used water tenders to douse the flames.
House Catches Fire on Palomar Mountain
Because there are no fire hydrants in the area, they had to truck the water back and forth.
Some of the grass in the back of the house did catch fire but those flames were put out.
No trees or other houses were affected or damaged.
“Since 1998 was the last structure fire they had up here. So we don't see a lot of them," said Asst. Chief Cliff Kellogg. "Most people up here are very careful."
No word yet on the cause of the fire but firefighters say it likely started on the ground floor.