A fire at a vacant home in San Marcos proved difficult to fight Tuesday morning due to some electrical wiring issues, officials said.
The blaze began around 3:50 a.m. at a home on Nordahl and Rock Springs roads in the North County. As flames engulfed the house, heavy smoke poured out, filling the air and making its way toward neighboring homes.
The fire burned for a couple of hours and was challenging for firefighters due to a live electrical wire connecting the home to nearby power lines.
Crews called the electrical company to assist in getting the wire cut so they could move forward with tackling the blaze.
Officials said the home’s materials and structure – an old, wooden frame, metal roof and basement – made it especially difficult for firefighters to battle the flames and search for people inside.
Fortunately, no one was living in the home, as it was undergoing remodeling at the time of the fire.
A neighbor who lives a few houses down the street told NBC 7 he woke up to smoke drifting into his home from the house that was on fire and engines lining his neighborhood.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was harmed.