The fire that destroyed three cars at an Escondido apartment complex Wednesday was deemed suspicious by fire investigators.
The fire started around 1 a.m. inside a car port at the Eagle Point Apartments on E Grand Avenue
Pedro De La Cruz lives across the complex and had no idea his vehicle had caught fire.
“I don’t have words,” he told NBC 7.
Flames spread to two other vehicles and embers caught a nearby tree on fire.
Apartments were temporarily at risk but firefighters were able to contain the fire without any damage to the units.
Mike McConn was just waking up to get his daughter going for school when he noticed something going on.
“I heard some pops and then I woke up and I could see the glow,” said McConn. “I saw the vehicles going on fire really good and then I saw the tree go up.”
Escondido firefighters extinguished the fire by 4:30 when the fire inside De La Cruz’ truck reignited and crews had to be called out again.
Fire investigators have said the fire was suspicious but they have not determined what started the fire.