Flames engulf garage of Solana Beach home; deputy suffers smoke injuries

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Firefighters battle flames shooting from a garage as smoke billows into the air Tuesday night on Santa Helena in Solana Beach.
(OnScene TV)

A fire engulfed the detached garage of a Solana Beach home Tuesday night, Feb. 4, and a sheriff’s deputy sustained apparent smoke-inhalation injuries when she stopped a woman from running back toward the burning structure, a sheriff’s lieutenant said.

The woman the deputy stopped was attempting to retrieve dogs that were in the backyard of the home, even though the animals were “relatively safe” as they were behind the home and the burning garage was in the front, San Diego sheriff’s Lt. Ted Greenawald said.

Medics took the deputy to the specialized burn unit at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, Greenawald said. Doctors there were planning to hold her overnight for observation of her smoke-inhalation injuries.

The blaze erupted around 7:45 p.m. at the home on Santa Helena north of Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Greenawald said. The home is just off Interstate 5, near the western edge of the Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course.


Footage from OnScene TV showed flames and smoke billowing from the detached garage in front of the home. The footage also showed the deputy walking on her own and climbing into an ambulance on her own, where paramedics gave her oxygen and began treating her.

The extent of her injuries was not immediately clear. No other injuries were reported.

— Alex Riggins is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune

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