VIDEO: A blaze tore through the Victorian roof of a historic Chula Vista home, built in the late 1880s, and injured a firefighter trying to stop it on Monday.
The fire started at about 8:30 a.m. at the Hancil Cordrey Residence near 2nd Avenue and F Street, one of the few remaining original Victorian homes built during Chula Vista's early development, according to the city's archives.
“It’s kind of a real landmark around here it was one of the old orchard homes,” neighbor Bob Teague said.
Flames were tearing through the two-story home's Victorian-style spire when firefighters arrived at about 8:30 a.m. No one was in the home at the time.
Firefighters doused flames and had the fire knocked down within 20 minutes but because of the layout of the century-old home, it took crews another 20 minutes to ensure all hot spots were tempered.