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Christmas Eve was not a festive time for residents of a Sunset Cliffs home in Point Loma. A smoky fire was reported just after 2 a.m. on December 24 at a home located on the corner of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Guizot Street.

Firefighters made quick work and "had the flames knocked down by 2:25 a.m.," said a dispatcher with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. 10News reported they had camera footage of police handcuffing a woman and putting her in a patrol car at the scene. “Investigators would not say if she was connected to the fire,” according to 10News.

Two people were rescued from the blaze that left a room above the garage badly burned. The U-T said "damage was estimated at $400,000 to the property and $100,000 to the contents."

I arrived at around 8:00 a.m. to discover a handyman cutting plywood in the front yard. When asked what happened, he claimed he was "just a workman" there to board the place up and referred me to the SDPD officer parked nearby. The cruiser was out in front of the smoke-damaged home with lights lit up. Curious neighbors and dog-walkers gawked at the ocean-view residence with its burned contents piled neatly on the rain-soaked driveway.

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