Fire displaces couple, garage destroyed

Fire displaces couple, garage destroyed
An Oceanside couple is displaced from their home on Stanford Drive after a fire ravaged through the home's garage and caused widespread damage throughout the home on Monday night. Photo by Aaron Burgin

OCEANSIDE — An Oceanside couple was displaced from their home after a fire ravaged through the home’s garage and caused widespread damage throughout the home Monday night.

Oceanside fire officials said no one was injured in the fire, which occurred on Stanford Drive in the Mira Costa Estates neighborhood of the city, just north of MiraCosta College.

Fire crews responded to reports of a fire just before 7 p.m. When they arrived, fire was seen coming through the roof of the garage. A neighbor that had called 911 also alerted the homeowner to the fire, enabling her to escape the home unharmed.

It took 31 firefighters from Oceanside and Vista about 45 minutes to put out the fire. The damage to the home is estimated at $200,000, and four motorcycles and a truck were destroyed in the blaze.

Neighbors on scene said it was the first time a home in the neighborhood had ever caught fire.

“We were in the house, and my wife went outside and she saw the flames,” said Mark Hansen, the next-door neighbor. “We know that they ride bikes. They’re nice neighbors, this is such a terrible thing to happen.”

Oceanside Police Department Lt. Val Saadat said that some ammunition in the garage might have also ignited, causing a series of explosions that neighbors reported.

Fire officials are still determining the cause of the fire, but said it might have involved some mechanical work being done on a motorcycle in the garage just before the blaze erupted.

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