A fire broke out Wednesday morning at a duplex in Rancho Penasquitos, and responding firefighters confronted cluttered conditions in one of the homes in order to knock down the flames and search for residents, authorities said.
The blaze was reported a little before 4:40 a.m. in the 9000 block of High Park Lane, according to a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department incident log. High Park lane is a duplex-lined residential street just north of Ted Williams Parkway, just west of Carmel Mountain Road and south of Black Mountain Park.
Firefighters at the scene told dispatchers the residence appeared to be a “hoarder home,” and footage from 10News showed the garage stacked floor to ceiling with boxes, stacks of papers and other miscellaneous household items. Firefighters reported that the cluttered nature of the residence made it difficult to search for any potential victims and find the source of the flames.
Heavy smoke billowed from the attic and garage of the dwelling when firefighters first arrived, but they were able to control the flames in about 30 minutes.
It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was home at the time. Neighbors told 10News that a man lived there alone, but firefighters reported that nobody was found inside the dwelling during an initial search and a second, more thorough search. A third search was underway about 5:45 a.m.
Fire crews and investigators planned to remain at the scene for several hours Wednesday morning searching for any residents, knocking down any flareups and investigating what sparked the blaze.
—City News Service
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