Fire Set Inside Mt. Soledad Home Under Renovation, SDFD Officials Confirm

A fire was intentionally set inside a home under renovation in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of San Diego, officials confirmed Friday.

San Diego Fire-Rescue crews were called to Palomino Circle on Mt. Soledad in La Jolla just before 10 a.m. 

Smoke was showing from the roof of a single-story home. Firefighters extinguished the fire in less than 20 minutes, officials said. 

No injuries were reported. Investigators said the fire caused around $50,000 worth of damage.

Next door neighbor Marty Landing said the fire was contained to two bedrooms in the back of the house.

'It was a lot of smoke bellowing up out of the vents on the side of the house and on the roof vents," Landing said.

Four fire engines responded and crews had the fire knocked out in about 15 minutes. 

Police are still searching for a suspect who was seen running southbound away from the home.

Witnesses told police the man was wearing a red hat, blue shirt and brown pants.

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