San Diego Fire Department Engine 28. Courtesy of San Diego Fire-Rescue

One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and 21 people were displaced Sunday in a fire at a Birdland apartment complex, fire officials said.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department crews responded to 2430 Cardinal Drive at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters located the first-floor apartment where the fire originated, officials said, and evacuated residents from the three-level building.

Within 20 minutes, crews had contained the fire to a two-bedroom apartment. There was significant smoke damage to the first floor, and nine damaged apartments.

Nine fire and rescue units responded to the incident, officials said. Investigators from the SDFD metro arson strike team were on scene as well.

One person was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation. The Red Cross assisted displaced residents.

Estimated damage to the structure was $150,000. Damage to the contents was placed at $50,000.

– City News Service