Passersby observed smoke coming from the Nimitz Pointe Apartments at 2401 Seaside St. and notified San Diego Fire-Rescue. Responding fire units were dispatched at 6:07 p.m.
As the first fire engine approached the site, firefighters reported to other units they could observe smoke and flames coming from the units.
While those first firefighters prepared to fight the fire, other arriving Fire-Rescue units were directed to begin a precautionary evacuation of the apartments.
The fire was discovered to be coming from the top (third) floor of the complex and located in the ceiling of one apartment.
After using hoses to douse the flames, other firefighters gathered on the roof using an axe and chain saw to cut away portions of the roof and vent the fire looking for hot spots. Fire damage was confined and prevented from spreading.
However water could be observed cascading from the balconies of apartments below the affected unit.
While rolls of roofing materials could be seen on top of the complex, the origin of the fire was apparently electrical and not related to roofing work.
Fire units were on scene for 90 minutes.