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Landlord suspects disgruntled tenant may have started fire

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LA MESA (CBS 8) - While crews continued to mop up Friday night and mind hot spots at a burned down home and small apartment unit in La Mesa, new details emerge about what took place moments before the inferno began that may help investigators determine the cause and the person the Landlord says is responsible.

News 8's Craig McKee has more in this video story.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. Read an earlier story below.

LA MESA (CBS 8) - Fire crews battled a fire at a La Mesa home that sent large amounts of smoke into the air and sent at least two people to the hospital Friday afternoon.

The home is located in the 4700 block of 70th Street near Adams. Explosions were heard in the area, and are believed to be related to the blaze. Fire crews with two ladder engines were attempting to keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes.

At least two people were taken to the hospital for unspecified injuries.

A Chopper 8 live shot showed large amounts of debris at the rear of the home, including several cars.

It was unclear how the fire started. Neighbors told News 8 there was suspicious activity taking place at the residence, possibly drug-related.

"This is only a month ago, I reported this to La Mesa PD, and now the house is on fire, we're all concerned because we've called a few times and said this is a possible drug house and now this is on fire. And how much is this costing us to put this out? We're not happy," a neighbor said.

A number of neighboring residents were evacuated from their homes while crews attempt to contain the fire.


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