Fire officials Thursday were investigating the cause of a blaze that scorched an Escondido apartment. Photo courtesy Escondido Fire Dept.

Fire officials Thursday were investigating the cause of a blaze that scorched an Escondido apartment.

Flames charred the kitchen of the apartment at 1582 South Juniper Street while the rest of the dwelling sustained minor to moderate smoke damage, Escondido Battalion Chief Andre Paredes said. Fire crews were dispatched to the first-floor apartment in a two-story building about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

“Aggressive action by the firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 20 minutes,” Paredes said.

No injuries occurred to firefighters or the apartment’s residents, the battalion chief said. The family received a gift card from the California Fire Foundation to help with immediate emergency services.

In total, seven engines, one truck and two ambulances responded to the blaze. Escondido police helped close roads in the area as fire crews knocked down the flames.

—City News Service