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Crews Battle House Fire Blaze on Crest Drive in Encinitas

Crews battle a house fire that broke out at 6:30 this morning on the 1800 block of Crest Drive in Encinitas.

A large fire broke out Tuesday morning at a house on Crest Drive, near Birmingham, in Encinitas sending smoke into the air that could seen for miles.

The fire started on the first floor right after 6:30 a.m. and quickly engulfed the second story, according to firefighters.

After the second story collapsed, firefighters ensured other homes in the area wouldn't be damaged by water runoff from the firefighting efforts.

The family living in the house, two adults and three children, were able to escape safely.

The damage to the home, which is now a total loss, is estimated at $400,000, according to firefighters.

Nobody was injured, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Anthony Carrasco December 20, 2011 at 10:09 PM
I can't imagine what it would be like to lose everything like that. Great photos Patrick! : )
Patrick Canler December 20, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Thanks Anthony. Yeah, that would be tough to deal with. At least the Red Cross will be giving them a place to stay for the holidays. That's nice.
Patrice Malloy December 26, 2011 at 07:52 PM
Great job on the pics too, Patrick. Thank you for your comment on my images. The iPhone rocks! I'd love to learn more about your video projects. Do you have a blog or a way to share? I work with a lot of North County sporting events and maybe...if you'd like some practice... let me know. Thanks! Patrice

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