By Joe Fanaselle
Firefighters battled a blaze at a two-story home today in the 27000 block of Eucalyptus Street in Murrieta, just west of the Los Alamos Hills Sports Park.
According to Battalion Chief Mario Monroy with the Murrieta Fire Department, the department received reports of a garage fire at the home at 2:53 p.m.
The first engine on scene, which was en route back into the city from battling a brush fire in San Diego County for the past several days, arrived at 2:57 p.m. and reported smoke and active fire in the garage area of the home.
Monroy said one occupant of the home had entered the structure prior to fire department arrival and was removed from the home without injury after firefighters arrived.
The man was evaluated by paramedics at the scene, but was uninjured.
Monroy said the fire was knocked down at 3:12 p.m. and the fire was contained to the garage area of the home and its contents.
An SUV and a personal watercraft were damaged, and the interior of the home did receive some smoke and property damage, Monroy said.
Monroy could not speculate on the cause of the fire, and a damage estimate was not immediately available. It was unknown whether the occupants of the home would be displaced.
A total of four engines and one ladder truck responded, along with two overhead chief officers and one breathing air support unit.