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Carlsbad Fire Damages 16 Units, Displaces Dozens [Pics and Clips]

The fire was reported around 4 p.m. Wednesday at The Grove Condominiums on Hosp Way.

Updated Thursday 8 a.m.

A three-alarm fire tore through an apartment complex just south of Westfield Plaza Camino Real late Wednesday afternoon, damaging 16 units.

The blaze in the 2300 block of Hosp Way in Carlsbad was reported shortly before 4 p.m., a dispatcher said.

Kristina Ray with the city of Carlsbad said the people inside three units directly affected by the fire were home when the blaze broke out and were evacuated safely.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at Carlsbad High School to help as many as 28 displaced residents of the three-story complex.

Crews had the flames largely extinguished within an hour. No injuries were reported.

-City News Service contributed to this report.

Deanne Goodman (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Kristina Ray with the city just updated us on the cause: "Our Fire Department has completed its investigation into the condo fire and found the cause to be from roofing work being done at the property. Roofers were heating up tar as part of the roofing project and the roof ignited."
Deanne Goodman (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Update: The Red Cross shelter at Carlsbad High School remains open. Displaced residents are encouraged to come to the apartment complex clubhouse today from 4pm-8pm for additional Red Cross assistance information.

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