Escondido fire crews battle apartment blaze on Grand Avenue between Rose Street and Midway Drive. Photo via Escondido Police Department

A midday apartment fire in Escondido displaced five people Thursday.

The non-injury blaze in the 1800 block of East Grand Avenue erupted for unknown reasons shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to the Escondido Fire Department.

Police shut down a several-block stretch of the street and evacuated the two-story building while firefighters extinguished the flames, which took about 35 minutes, said EFD spokesman Jeff Murdock.

Crews were able to confine the blaze to one second-floor apartment, though two others adjacent to it were infused with smoke and one on the ground floor sustained water damage, Murdock said.

The American Red Cross was called in to help the residents of the burned apartment arrange for emergency shelter.

Traffic lanes in the area were opened as of 2:30 p.m., Murdock said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

— City News Service

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