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Fire crews extinguish small brush fire in San Ysidro; one home damaged, family displaced

Flames damaged at least two vehicles and a home, displacing a family of five, when a small brush fire broke out Thursday afternoon near homes and businesses just off Interstate 5 in San Ysidro, authorities said.

The small blaze was reported about 2:30 p.m. off West Calle Primera, which runs parallel to I-5 just off the freeway west of Via De San Ysidro, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The first fire crews arrived within five minutes and quickly requested additional personnel and equipment, according to Fire-Rescue Department officials.

Footage from a news helicopter showed the flames blackened a small patch of dry vegetation between the parking lot of a commercial building and several homes.

Fire officials said there were “three separate locations where fires started,” though the cause of the blazes was not immediately known. Two vehicles were burned and the flames spread to one of the nearby homes.

Crews stopped the growth of the vegetation fire a few minutes before 3 p.m. but continued to battle the house fire until just before 3:30 p.m., fire officials said.

Two adults, three children and a dog were displaced from the home, officials said. Local personnel from the American Red Cross responded to assist the family.

Nearly 80 firefighters and other emergency personnel responded to the scene, including dozens of firefighters from San Diego, Chula Vista and National City.

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