An early morning blaze ripped through a Point Loma home on Tuesday, leaving it in ruins and causing an estimated $800,000 in damages. The inferno, which reportedly "gutted" the residence, first came to the attention of authorities through a burglary and fire alarm at approximately 5:36 a.m., according to FOX 5 San Diego. Firefighters from San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) arrived at the 3900 block of Liggett Drive to find the home already swallowed by flames, with a downed power line in a precarious position nearby.
The situation was intense enough to unmistakably trigger a substantial response, manifesting in mobilizing 30 SDFD personnel, including four engines and one truck. The firefighting operation to completely knock down the fire spanned about 40 minutes, and by 6:01 a.m., the main body of the fire was quelled, as detailed by the official SDFD incident report. However, no potential burglars were identified at the scene by the authorities.
In a stroke of fortune, no injuries were reported. It was confirmed that the homeowners were fortunately not present during the ordeal since they were traveling back from Orange County.
An investigation is currently ongoing to determine conclusively what sparked the fire and where it exactly started, with SDFD's Arson unit at the helm of this inquiry. To date, their study into the cause has not yet publicly reached a conclusion. The extent of the damage has left many unanswered questions hanging uncomfortably in the scorched remains of what once was a family home.