A San Diego Fire-Rescue vehicle. Photo by Alexander Nguyen

A person died Sunday in a one-story house fire on Fairmount Avenue in which downed power lines caused hazards for firefighters.

The fire began in a home in the 4100 block of Fairmount at 3 p.m., said Battalion Chief David Pilkerton of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Crews arrived at 3:04 p.m. and the fire was knocked down 15 minutes later, Pilkerton said, despite the hazardous power lines.

A body was found inside the house and fire investigators arrived to try to determine how the fire started and how the person died.

SDG&E crews joined the fire truck, five engines, a division chief, two battalion chiefs and medic dispatched by the SDFD.

A total of 35 personnel were assigned to the fire.

It was not known if others escaped from the home once the fire started.

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