Oceanside fire truck
A Oceanside Fire Department vehicle. Courtesy City of Oceanside

One person was transported to the hospital after a house fire in Oceanside, authorities said Monday.

Firefighters responded to a fire with heavy smoke at a single-story home in the 1800 block of Oceanside Boulevard around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Oceanside Fire Department.

First responders — who were familiar with the homeowner due to previous house calls — began to perform a search and rescue in addition to extinguishing the fire, Battalion Chief Justin Klopfenstein said. However, the house was unoccupied.

The unidentified resident was located later suffering injuries from smoke inhalation at a neighbor’s house and was transported to a hospital.

Klopfenstein said crews initiated roof ventilations to quickly suppress the interior fire. The blaze was extinguished within 22 minutes.

An investigation for the cause and origin of the fire was ongoing.

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