A town home complex in Oceanside was ablaze Monday, when a fire was accidentally ignited by a person that was using a flame to fix pipes in a wall, officials said.
Reported at 12:21 pm, the fire occurred in a 4 unit block of a group of single story town homes on Los Arbolitos Blvd, near Fredericks Av.
Less than four minutes later, the first firefighters arrived and witnessed smoke bellowing out from roof vents, Battalion Chief Pete Lawrence stated. To vent the smoke and gasses from the attic, the crews cut holes in the roof and from some of the holes, flames poured out.
Units from Carlsbad and Vista assisted the Oceanside firefighters, with a total of 26 firefighters responding.
After about 30 minutes, Lawrence said that the blaze was under control.
The town home unit where the blaze began, as well as the unit behind it, had major damage. Two adjacent homes had water and minor smoke damage.
In total, the damage was estimated at about $100,000 to the structure, and around $25,000 to the inside and contents of all four units.
No injuries were reported, and the Red Cross provided temporary housing to the displaced residents.