A fire that erupted in the garage of a residential triplex in the Otay Ranch area of Chula Vista left a half-dozen people in need of interim housing Tuesday.
The blaze began just before 1 p.m. at 1264 Stampede Way. There were no injuries caused by the fire, according to the Chula Vista Fire Department.
Building resident Bashieff Jones was asleep on the couch when smoke alarms went off.
“When I looked toward the kitchen, there was smoke coming out of the garage door,” Jones said. “I ran to the garage door, opened it up and the whole sucker was on fire.”
Jones yelled for his sister and two nephews, and the four fled the house and called 911.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in less than 10 minutes, keeping them from spreading into the living quarters of the two-story building, CVFD Capt. Jeff Ewert said.
A car in the garage was destroyed by the fire. The American Red Cross was called in to help the six displaced residents — all adults — arrange for temporary lodging.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation in the late afternoon, Ewert said.
—From Staff and Wire Services
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