An Oceanside Fire engine was out in the neighborhood early Thursday when its crew noticed an unusual amount of smoke in the air. They decided to "check it out" and stumbled on a fire spreading through a number of garages.
There was smoke and fire inside a row of connected garages at a single-story apartment complex on Oceanside Boulevard, near the intersection with Canyon Drive, east of Interstate 5.
They quickly realized it was more than usual smoke from a dryer or other source, said Battalion Chief Greg DeAvila.
They opened a garage door and found five units involved in the fire with one vehicle parked inside, he said.
So the crew immediately called the fire in at 8:37 a.m.
More units arrived and help keep the fire from spreading to nearby residential units.
No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.