Few emergency situations can compare to a fire in terms of the potential for things to go horribly wrong. Whether we’re talking about a home or apartment, fire can destroy property and threaten lives in a very short period of time. Plus, if fire makes it to a gas line or some other catalyst, it can spiral out of control in the blink of an eye.

Fortunately, a recent fire in Hillcrest did not have such terrifying results. While it did leave one resident injured, things obviously could have been a lot worse. Apartment fires can be especially scary because of how many people live in such a building. Unlike with a family, it can be difficult to know if everyone is accounted for and where they could be trapped. Plus, if panic sets in, that many people trying to evacuate can make for dangerous situation as well.

At this time, investigators are still working to understand what caused the apartment fire in the first place. Another difficulty with apartments is that there are so many different ways a fire could start and so many different people who could be responsible.

In this case, though, it seems they’re narrowing in on the cause. We know that when firefighters arrived on the scene, a sofa in one of the apartments was already on fire and creating smoke. However, what started this is still unknown.

One resident was treated on the spot for injuries they sustained when trying to put out the fire on their own. Fortunately, the extent of these injuries was nothing more than some cuts to his arm. The only injured party who needed medical attention at UCSD Medical Center was being seen for smoke inhalation.

While we don’t know what caused the fire in the first place, it’s obvious that all the parties involved should seek legal representation, either because they could be held responsible or they have a right to collecting damages.