By Dave Schwab
Two cars and a motorcycle valued in excess of $50,000 were destroyed in a fire that burned down a garage at 7750 Sierra Mar Drive in La Jolla this morning about 9:30 a.m.
“I was warming up my motorcycle and I went into the house to get the phone and I heard somebody scream and I saw the motorcycle on fire,” said Gus Schuetz, the home’s occupant. “I went to get the hose and the whole garage was on fire. It burned like a Christmas tree.”
Schuetz said he lost his 1936 hot rod which had just been restored, as well as his car, a 1999 Lincoln Town Car that he just had new tires put on.
“All my stuff was in there (garage),” he added. “Nobody got hurt. That’s the main thing.”
“This is a very tight street at the base of Mount Soledad,” said San Diego Fire Department Battalion Chief David Pilkerton who was at the scene. “What you have here is a 400- to 500-foot-long driveway and the fire hydrant, the closest water supply, was about 600 feet away. These tight streets and narrow driveways makes it difficult for firefighters to make access.”
Pilkerton added there was a quick response to the blaze which was rapidly extinguished. He said fire investigators were on their way to inspect the scene.
“It was a total loss to a garage, two vehicles and a motorcycle, plus all the contents of the garage and personal belongings, probably over $50,000,” he said.