Elderly man, caretaker rescued from house fire in Del Mar


An elderly man and his caretaker were rescued from a house fire in Del Mar early Sunday, Dec. 3, authorities said.

The blaze broke out about 2:30 a.m. in the garage of a home on Camino Del Mar near 27th Street, said Del Mar Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Ford. The location is steps from the beach and not far from the San Diego County Fairgrounds.

When firefighters arrived, they found the garage engulfed in flames, and two men trapped on the home’s balcony, Ford said.

Crews rescued the pair and knocked down the fire in about 20 minutes, he said.

The elderly man was treated at Scripps Memorial Hospital for minor injuries and released. A firefighter was also treated for minor injuries and released, Ford said.

The caretaker was uninjured. Ford said fire crews managed to keep the fire from spreading to the rest of the house. The blaze caused an estimated $325,000 of damage to vehicles and the structure.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.