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Firefighters work to put out two-alarm fire at abandoned home in East Village

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jun 24, 2023
and last updated 2023-06-25 11:33:27-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Firefighters worked to put out a two-alarm fire at an abandoned home in the East Village Saturday afternoon.

Shortly after 4 p.m., San Diego Fire-Rescue received a call about a fire in the 1700 Island Avenue. The fire was quickly upgraded to a two-alarm fire.

"It was really scary," said Latrisha Gregory, who lives across the street in a tent.

Claudine Carroll said she started yelling "fire" after seeing flames. She is homeless and also lives across the street.

“I think there's homeless people living in that building.”

SDFD said no evacuations have been issued and no injuries have been reported. So far two structures have burned.

Deputy Chief of Operations for San Diego Fire Dan Eddy said the two buildings that went up in flames are owned by Father Joe's Villages.

He said crews were called to a fire at the same spot just a few months ago.

“Both buildings were boarded up completely, so someone might have been on the interior of them, that’s just a theory.”

With files from ABC 10News reporter Austin Grabish