Fire destroys Rancho Santa Fe home; smoke alarm saves man, dog

On Sunday, Oct. 30, just after 11 p.m., firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District responded the to the report of a residential structure fire in the 18000 block of Avenida Alondra in Rancho Santa Fe. Upon arrival they saw the house was fully involved in fire. They attempted to enter the home but it was quickly determined that it was too dangerous to proceed. A second alarm was called bring more resources to the scene to help keep the fire from spreading to nearby vegetation and homes.

It took approximately two hours for crews from Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Vista and Carlsbad to extinguish the fire. Units remained on scene until noon on Monday, Oct. 31, to make sure all hot spots were put out.

A man in his 30s who was renting the house was home at the time of the fire. He was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm going off and was able to safely exit the home with his dog.

“This was a very intense fire,” said incident commander Bret Davidson. “If it weren’t for the home having working smoke detectors, this incident could have had a much different outcome for the resident. The smoke alarm most likely saved his life.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The house appears to be a total loss. The owners, who don’t live locally, were contacted.

– Submitted press release. Information was also used from a story by San Diego Union-Tribune writer Lyndsay Winkley