Flames erupted Wednesday night in a residential complex on Pacific Beach, emitting smoke into the air as fire crews worked for about 45 minutes to put out the blaze, authorities said.
It was not immediately clear how many residents were evacuated, but no injuries were reported, said San Diego Fire and Rescue Squad leader David Pilkerton.
The fire broke out at about 9:25 p.m. in one of the buildings that make up The Plaza apartment complex on Diamond Street between Lamont and Jewell streets, Pilkerton said. It was initially reported as an electric fireplace that smoked and fire crews arrived to detect smoke coming from the roof of the three-story complex.
Firefighters entered the building and found light smoke on the third floor and then discovered a “hidden fire” behind the walls of the building between the second and third floors, Pilkerton said. The crews destroyed the flames until 22:15
“There will be displaced residents,” Pilkerton said, although he did not know how many residents in the group had to be evacuated. He said staff from the local section of the American Red Cross were on the scene helping those displaced.
About 60 firefighters and a dozen other emergency responders were on the scene Wednesday night, Pilkerton said. The Fire and Rescue Service said four trucks, eight engines and several other fire trucks responded.
Crews continued to work at the scene late Wednesday, ensuring that no more hidden flames behind walls would continue to burn, Pilkerton said. He said firefighters were likely to remain at the scene until at least midnight.
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