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Children playing with lighter start blaze

OCEANSIDE — Close to midnight on May 28, the resident of 3775 San Ramon Drive, unit 279, awoke to his children’s shouts that there was a fire and smoke bellowing through the house. After evacuating himself and his three children, the resident, who wished to remain unnamed, called 911.
Firefighters were on the scene within two minutes.
The resident helped firefighters alert neighbors to evacuate as the two-alarm blaze quickly engulfed the apartment and caused heavy smoke damage to nine other units.
Despite high heat inside the building, Oceanside and Carlsbad firefighters had the fire contained within half an hour.
Damage is estimated at $80,000, with $50,000 in structural damage and $30,000 in lost contents. 
There were no injuries, but due to gas and electric shutoff, 23 people were evacuated. The American Red Cross assisted residents with temporary relocation and emergency funds for needed clothing.
It was determined by the Oceanside Fire Investigation Division that the fire was started by two of the occupant’s children playing with a lighter, which ignited items in the closet.
The resident and his wife, who was at work when the fire broke out, returned to salvage their remaining belongings May 30. “Everything’s gone,” the wife said, who wished to remain unnamed. “We will not be moving back.”
Other residents will be able to reoccupy their units within a few days.