Car Burns Inside Encinitas Garage

A parked car caught on fire inside the garage of an Encinitas home Tuesday, but residents reacted quickly when they noticed the strange smell of smoke in the air.

Encinitas Fire Department Fire Marshall Anita Pupping told NBC 7 the fire sparked just after 7 a.m. at a garage in the 500 block of Hygeia Avenue. Residents called 911 when they smelled smoke.

When crews arrived on scene, a resident was hosing down the flames. Firefighters took over and were able to quickly knock out the car fire.

Pupping said the blaze was contained to the garage and did not spread to the attached home. A second vehicle parked next to the car that caught fire was also spared from fire damage.

No one was injured, officials said.

Pupping said the cause of the fire is under investigation.


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