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Mission Valley brush fire forces evacuation of homes

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A fire of unknown origin raced up a steep, brushy hillside between Interstate 8 and University Heights today, forcing evacuations of homes and businesses but causing no reported structural damage.

The blaze began spreading off the 400 block of Camino del Rio South in Mission Valley shortly before 2:30 p.m. and spread rapidly up the steep slope to the south, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Police and emergency personnel cleared people out of a hotel and several other commercial structures at the base of the hill and evacuated homes at the top, around Madison Avenue and Massachusetts Street, a dispatcher said.

Within an hour, crews on the fire lines and aboard a water-dropping helicopter had largely stopped the spread of the flames.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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