San Diego firefighters rescued one person from a burning apartment building in Clairemont on New Year’s Day, a fire official said.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department was called at 4:15 p.m. to a blaze in a three-level apartment building on Caminito Aguilar near Genesee Avenue, Battalion Chief John Fischer told OnScene TV. When firefighters arrived, they found a fire and heavy smoke in a ground-floor unit.

Some firefighters began to extinguish the blaze and others went inside to rescue someone who had been trapped on the second floor by fire in the stairwell, Fischer said. The person had inhaled smoke and was taken to a hospital.

Eight people were displaced by the blaze, which caused damage to units on all three floors, Fischer said. The Red Cross was helping people find shelter.

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The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Source: This post first appeared on sandiegouniontribune.com

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