Fire Engulfs RV Near Home

San Diego fire officials battled a blaze that engulfed an RV in front of a home near Rancho Penasquitos Saturday morning.

The fire began just after 10 a.m. in the 11400 block of Meknes Way, near Nawa Way. It was knocked down a short time later.

Officials said the blaze had fully engulfed a recreational vehicle. A house next to it was also burned in the fire. According to a fire captain, the blaze began in the RV and, because it was windy, the fire and smoke then spread to the home.

Officials say no one was home at the time, but a family cat died in the fire.

Crews had to cut a square from the roof of the home to let smoke out, and later patched it up with a silver panel.

The fire captain said the home sustained a lot of smoke damage and, at this point, is temporarily uninhabitable. Damage was estimated at $350,000.

The captain said embers flew to other nearby houses and firefighters were concerned that the fire could've been much bigger, but luckily that wasn't the case.

Investigators said hot coals left unattended in a fire pit caused the destructive fire.

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