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2-alarm fire rips through University City condo complex

A two-alarm fire damaged several units in a townhouse complex in the University City neighborhood of San Diego early Wednesday morning before firefighters were able to put it out, fire officials said.

A resident who smelled smoke and heard the alarm from a smoke detector called 911 shortly after 6:15 a.m. to report the fire at the complex on Playmor Terrace near Camino Tranquilo, near Doyle Elementary School, San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief David Pilkerton told OnScene TV.

When crews arrived they saw light smoke showing on a “very foggy morning” but soon flames could be seen bursting through the roof of the two-story building.

“As soon as we had fire through the roof, we realized we needed more resources — therefore, a second alarm was requested,” he said.

The fire started in a wall between two condominiums and extended into the attic of the building. In all four units were affected, he said. The fire was knocked down in about 50 minutes. Crews planned to stay at the complex for awhile to do “a thorough overhaul.”

Investigators from the Metro Arson Strike Force were trying to determine what caused the fire. A damage estimate wasn’t immediately available. Pilkerton said Red Cross was requested to assist displaced residents. No one was injured.

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