According to City spokesperson Monica Munoz: “The origin of the fire was a rooftop storage area. The cause is undetermined. The estimated damage to the structure is $500,000 and to the contents $100,000. The only areas that sustained fire damage were residential (second floor). The residences are on top of Dreyer’s Ice Cream and Kojack’s, which sustained water damage but no fire damage.
“San Diego Fire Department lifeguards were at the scene very early and knocked on doors waking residents up and getting them out,” said Munoz. “The first fire crews arrived at 6:53 a.m. and reported heavy flames upon arrival.”
The fire was knocked down at 7:25 a.m., said Munoz, who added a request for an additional ambulance, for a total of three, was made at 7:33 a.m.
A structural engineer was called in to investigate the cause of the blaze, Munoz said. “One person was transported as a trauma patient to UCSD Hillcrest.” The victim was not identified and the nature of their injuries was not disclosed. Munoz added no firefighters were injured.
Munoz said there might have been some damage to the Sandbar Sports Grill at 718 Ventura Place. Contacted by Beach & Bay Press, the restaurant’s owner said he was still assessing the situation.
The Sandbar did post the following message on its Facebook site: “Thank you to those who have reached out with concern. We are deeply saddened by the events that took place this morning as our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thankfully, the fire did not reach Sandbar. However, we will be closed until further notice as crews go through the necessary steps to assess the damage.”