San Diego

Fire Destroys Vacant Home in Valencia Park

Neighbors say the home had been vacant for some time and was used as a drug house

A fire tore through a vacant home in the Valencia Park neighborhood of San Diego Monday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 2:54 p.m. on the 5300 block of Santa Margarita Street, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD).

Crews arrived to fire smoke and flames coming from the building.

According to fire officials, there was no one inside the home and it has been vacant for some time. 

Neighbors said the home was being used as a drug house. It is unclear if that was a factor in the fire, fire officials said.

The fire did threaten a nearby apartment complex but crews were able to extinguish the flames quickly.

At this point, no injuries have been reported.

Some firefighters did experience heat stress amid the high temperatures. But fire officials said they were dousing themselves in water and staying hydrated.

No other information was available.

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