Residential structure fire displaces family, one victim hospitalized

By Gina Yarbrough

Oceanside, CA–A family was displaced, and one person was hospitalized following a residential structure fire that broke out early Friday morning in north county, fire officials said.

Oceanside fire crews were dispatched at around 1:07 a.m. to a single-story house located at 2601 Guinevere Street in Oceanside.

When fire crews arrived on the scene, they found heavy smoke and fire at the front of the house. They made entry into the structure, and performed a search for victims, while also extinguishing the fire, said Battalion Chief Blake Dorse, of the Oceanside Fire Department, in a news release.

A ladder truck was used to perform roof ventilation to allow smoke and heated gasses to be released, improving search conditions for fire crews.

One adult was located in the backyard suffering from smoke inhalation. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to be released after evaluation by doctors. 

Fire crews did not find any additional victims inside the home as all other occupants had exited the home without assistance. A total of seven people and four dogs were initially in the home. The Red Cross was called to assist the displaced residents and their pets.

The home suffered significant fire and smoke damage, however, the quick actions of firefighters resulted in a large portion of the home being saved. A large number of items in and around the home did impede firefighting efforts.

The Oceanside Fire Department reminds residents to ensure proper storage and access within their homes, which helps limit fire spread, enhances victim escape, and eases firefighting efforts in the event of an emergency.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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