A house fire spread from the garage to the second floor of the home in a Torrey Pines neighborhood on May 12th, 2023. 

According to officials the fire possibly started due to an e-bike charging in the garage of the home that then led the fire to spread to the second floor. In a report by ABC 10 at around 5:50 PM the San Diego Fire- Rescue Department crews found a garage on fire with two vehicles inside. The fire broke out in the 3700 block of Torrey View Court, east of Interstate 5 and north of Carmel Mountain Road, according to a fire incident report. By 6:21 PM the flames were reportedly under control.

Firefighter extinguishing house fire

When fire crews arrived to the scene of the incident no one was inside the residence, and no injuries were reported. The Red Cross was able to help four adults and two dogs who were displaced due to the blaze. The fire was reported as accidental by the fire department’s metro arson strike team. The estimated damage to the structure is slated to be about $250,000, with $100,000 in damage to its contents. 

In a photo captured by Fox 5 San Diego, several fire crew members can be seen in action trying to control the flames escaping from within the home’s garage. Two cars can be seen engulfed in flames as clouds of dark gray smoke fill the sky surrounding the home. The exterior of the Torrey Pines residence can be seen charred black as a result of the fire.  

“The incident that occurred in the Torrey Pines neighborhood could have been worse had the residents of the home been present,” said Brett Schreiber partner at Singleton Schreiber. “Fortunately, no one was injured in this tragic fire, but my thoughts are with the homeowners as they were left with serious out-of-pocket expenses. Whether it was an e-bike charging malfunction or some other cause, the cost of rebuilding will be massive.”

To contact Singleton Schreiber’s San Diego fire accident attorneys, contact the firm at 619-367-7768 or via email at info@singletonschreiber.com.

Torrey Pines House Fire

Torrey Pines is a beautiful community in San Diego, California and a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. However, in recent years, the area has been plagued by a series of devastating house fires that have left residents on edge and wondering what they can do to protect themselves.

The first major fire in Torrey Pines occurred in October 2017 known as the “Windermere Fire”. The fire was fueled by strong Santa Ana winds it started in the late afternoon and quickly spread burning through more than 40 acres of land, destroyed 7 homes, and damaged another 2. Thankfully, there were no fatalities, but several people were injured, including 2 firefighters.

The incident was an unfortunate reminder of how dangerous the combination of high winds and dry conditions can be.

Tragically, the Windermere Fire was not an isolated incident. In December of the same year, another fire broke out in Torrey Pines, this time in the La Jolla Farms neighborhood. The fire started in the early hours of the morning and quickly spread, forcing residents to evacuate their homes. Although no homes were destroyed in this incident, it was a frightening reminder of how vulnerable the community is to wildfires.

In July 2019, yet another fire broke out in Torrey Pines, this time in the area known as “The Knolls.” The blaze started in the early afternoon and quickly spread, threatening nearby homes and prompting evacuations. The fire burned through 25 acres of land and destroyed 2 homes. No one was injured in the incident.

The cause of the Knolls Fire was never officially determined, but it is believed to have been sparked by a discarded cigarette. The incident was a stark reminder of how important it is to properly dispose of cigarettes and other flammable materials, especially during dry and windy conditions.

The recent spate of house fires in Torrey Pines has left many residents on edge and wondering what they can do to protect themselves. The added danger of San Diego e-bike fires adds a complex layer of concern for homeowners.  

A recent report by NPR showed that e-bike fires were on the rise. Officials claimed faulty lithium-ion batteries in these scooters can suddenly burst into flames, and there’s even video of his happening in New York that started a huge blaze. There have been more than 200 e-bike fires just in NYC, and dozens more in San Diego. 

People who own e-bikes may not know the potential dangers, and storing them inside might be a problem given the dangers of exploding batteries. 

“It is important for Torrey Pines homeowners to take steps to protect themselves and their properties from fires,” added Mr. Schreiber. “When these fires occur, they must find a competent home fire attorney who can help walk them through their legal rights, as well as the potential compensation they may be eligible for.”

To contact San Diego fire accident attorneys at Singleton Schreiber, contact the firm at 619-367-7768 or via email at info@singletonschreiber.com.