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Crews Knock Down House Fire in Lemon Grove Within 10 Minutes: Heartland Fire

A neighbor jumped into action after a home in Lemon Grove went up in flames Saturday.

"I got the garden hose and I started squirting it down and I says come on fire department, where you at?" Samuel Rasales told NBC 7. He said he smelled the smoke just before 5 p.m. and ran to the back of hose to get his hose. 

Emergency crews knocked down the fire billowing heavy smoke within 10 minutes. 

The fire sparked at a single-story home on the 2700 block of Glebe Road just after 4:30 p.m., according to Heartland Fire.

Heartland Fire Division Chief Mike Chasin told NBC 7 that crews were first alerted to the fire via the home's security system company. The alert was a hallway smoke detector sounding.

Chasin says two engines arrived within five minutes of the first alert, one at 4:35 p.m. and a second at 4:36 p.m., and crews immediately started extinguishing the fire.

"There was a lot of smoke throughout the house," Chasin said. "I haven’t been inside but the crews that were in there told me that all the contents of the home would be a total loss."

The flames were extinguished after about 10 minutes, Chasin said.

No injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported, and investigators are still working on determining the cause.

Crews from Heartland Fire La Mesa, Lemon Grove, San Diego Fire Rescue (SDFD), CalFire and San Diego County Sheriff’s (SDSO) deputies responded to the home.

At least one resident of the home was displaced, and early estimates of total damage are upwards of $250,000, according to Chasin.

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