A suspected drunk driver tore through a Mira Mesa neighborhood Sunday night, damaging several parked cars and a garage before sparking a fire that engulfed a family's home.
Resident Thomas Logue ran out of his house when he heard a loud "bang" outside his home in the 8600 block of Ferndale Street near Westonhill Drive at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
He saw a truck attempting to reverse away from several parked cars that he had struck along Ferndale Street, Logue said. The driver forcefully backed into Logue's wife's car, which sent their car flying into their own garage.
The truck then burst into flames and continued into Logue's neighbor's home, striking the corner of the residence where there were electric and gas lines, San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Officer John Buttle said.
The fire spread from the car to the garage and into the house, San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.
The residents inside the home were able to escape before firefighters arrived, she said. Crews worked to get the fire under control, but three people and two dogs were displaced by the blaze.
Logue said he had to restrain the driver, who appeared incoherent until police arrived so he didn't attempt to get away. Several cars parked along Ferndale Street were dented and damaged.
After the flames were extinguished, the owner of the home fell on the sidewalk walk and vomited. He was taken to the hospital along with his wife for evaluation.
San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) crews were working late into the night to repair the damage to the gas line.
The driver is being investigated for a possible DUI, Buttle said.