University City apartments damaged by fire

 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Five people were displaced in University City after careless smoking sparked a blaze that damaged three apartments Monday afternoon.

According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, the non-injury blaze in the 3800 block of Nobel Drive began spreading about 1:15 p.m.

Crews were able to confine the flames to a single fourth-floor unit, though two residences below it sustained water damage, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

The personnel had the three-alarm blaze under control within 25 minutes.

The American Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents — all of them adults — arrange for temporary lodging, Swanson said.

Investigators set the monetary losses at $32,000.

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