A San Diego fire engine.
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A late-morning apartment fire in Point Loma Heights displaced a family of four Monday and sent one of the residents to a hospital with complaints of smoke inhalation.

The non-injury blaze erupted for unknown reasons shortly after 11 a.m. in a second-floor unit at a residential complex in the 4300 block of West Point Loma Boulevard, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

It took crews about 20 minutes to subdue the flames, said SDFRD spokesman Jose Ysea.

Paramedics took one of the residents of the damaged apartment to a trauma center for evaluation of mild respiratory irritation caused by breathing in smoke from the blaze, Ysea said.

The American Red Cross was called in to help the residents of the damaged apartment — two adults and two children — arrange for emergency shelter.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Ysea said.

Updated at 5:52 p.m. March 1, 2021