San Diego

Woman and Cat Escape Apartment Fire in Pacific Beach

The fire began around 8 a.m. at an apartment complex on Oliver Avenue and Olney Street, near Pacific Beach Drive

Thanks to working fire alarms, a woman, and her cat were able to safely escape a fire Tuesday morning that gutted her Pacific Beach apartment.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) said the blaze began around 8 a.m. on the third level of an apartment complex at Oliver Avenue and Olney Street, near Pacific Beach Drive.

One woman was inside the apartment, taking a shower, when the fire sparked. She was able to quickly get out of the two-bedroom unit, while firefighters tackled the flames and saved her pet cat.

SDFD officials said fires on higher floors of apartment complexes are difficult to tackle because they tend to spread quickly. Officials said working fire alarms saved the resident’s life. Her two roommates were not home at the time of the fire.

The cause is under investigation, but officials believe the blaze began in one of the bedrooms. No one was injured.

Officials remind the public that October is Fire Prevention Month, and all residents should take the time to change the batteries in their smoke detectors.

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