Mother and 9-Year Old Daughter Displaced in City Heights Apartment Fire

Firefighters found a Chihuahua overcome by smoke inside the apartment

A mother and her nine-year old daughter are displaced after a fire rips through an apartment in City Heights on Thursday, San Diego Fire (SDFD) confirmed.

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming from a second story, two-bedroom apartment on the 4000 block of 38th street, just north of University Avenue.

The fire started at approximately 11:19 a.m. and there was no one inside at the time, SDFD confirmed.

During an initial search of the unit, firefighters found a Chihuahua that was suffering from smoke inhalation. They brought the dog out and placed a pet oxygen mask to revive it.

SDFD says the dog was okay after several minutes. Animal Control took responsibility of the dog until the owners can claim it.

Firefighters knocked down the fire in about 20 minutes.

Red Cross is helping the mother and daughter find temporary housing.

According to SDFD, the cause of the fire was determined to be electrical.

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