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Flames engulf abandoned home next to gas station in Lincoln Park

A fire engulfed an abandoned home Monday evening in San Diego’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, prompting the evacuation of a gas station next to the house, authorities said.

The blaze broke out for unknown reasons around 7:20 p.m. at the single-story home off Cereza and 47th streets, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Authorities evacuated the parking lot of a Chevron gas station that sits behind the home, Fire-Rescue Department Battalion Chief David Pilkerton said. The station is separated from the home by a small wall and line of trees.

Because the home was abandoned and “well involved” in flames, fire crews took up a defensive position on the outside rather than making entry, Pilkerton said. The floor of the home collapsed as firefighters were dousing the flames.

No injuries had been reported as of 8:20 p.m., Pilkerton said.

More than 30 firefighters and other emergency personnel responded to the scene, Pilkerton said. Fire crews were expected to remain there late into Monday night ensuring the fire was fully extinguished and posed no threats to nearby homes and the gas station.

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