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Car fire spreads to brush near I-805 and SR-52

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A brush fire erupted near northbound Interstate 805 and state Route 52 Tuesday afternoon and was quickly contained by fire crews.

The blaze was reportedly caused by a car fire, which spread to nearby brush.

Several fire engines and a fire helicopter were called in to help.

It happened around 2:15 p.m. as a car travelling north on the 805 just past Clairemont Mesa Boulevard burst into flames. Luckily everyone inside the car got out safely.

The fire was so intense, it jumped from the car into the bushes and threatened to take off from there.

"The fire spread into the vegetation very quickly, right up the fence line and across the fence line into a storage area," Maurice Luque of San Diego Fire-Rescue said.

Firefighters raced into the storage yard, knowing this could go from bad to worse in a hurry.

"A number of vehicles, boats that are fiberglass and burn very hot, very fast... other vehicles with gas in the them right next to the freeway -- that's where the potential was," Luque said.

It took fire fighters about 30 minutes to knock down the flames. Their quick work kept the fire contained to about a quarter-acre. And the only vehicle burned was the one that started all of this.

"The message here is really how quickly brush that's dry like this, vegetation dry like this, even in humid conditions can spread very quickly," Luque said.

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