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19 people displaced after early morning fire in San Ysidro apartment building

Nineteen people were displaced from their homes after a fire broke out in a San Ysidro apartment building early Friday morning, San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said.

The fire was reported at 3 a.m. on West Seaward Avenue near Cottonwood Road, and crews pulled up to find a large column of smoke rising from the two-story building, which has four apartments. Within 10 minutes, they called for a second alarm.

The teams kept the fire confined to one unit and had it out by 3:30 a.m.

Fire officials said that before crews arrived, three adults were injured after reportedly jumping from the second story to escape. One was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Three families — 13 adults and six children — from three of the units were displaced, and needed help from the Red Cross.

Loss estimates come in around $225,000 — $150,000 in damage to the building and another $75,000 in damage to the contents.

Crews from Chula Vista, National City and Coronado helped fight the fire.

The department’s Metro Arson Strike Team is investigating the cause of the fire.

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