Eighteen residents of a Vista apartment complex were made temporarily homeless as a carport fire spread to their units, firefighters said Sunday. No one was injured.

Firefighters were sent to the 200 block of Alestar Street near Eucalyptus Avenue shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, and spotted smoke and flames coming from an exterior carport. Vista Deputy Fire Chief Ned Vander Pol said the blaze then spread to two nearby buildings.

Vista and Oceanside fire crews had the fire mostly contained in about 20 minutes, but took extra time to control its extension into one of the buildings, according to the deputy chief.

Both building’s exteriors and windows were damaged, along with one’s roof, Vander Pol said. Five units sustained both smoke and window damage, and three vehicles and various tools and equipment stored in the carport were also damaged.

Vander Pol said the fire caused around $80,000 in damage and left 18 residents displaced. The American Red Cross was called to assist the residents.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

City News Service

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