Fire gutted a one-bedroom El Centro house late Thursday, destroying nearly all the personal possessions of the resident, according to the city Fire Department.
The fire erupted in the bedroom of a home on the 600 block of Lenrey Avenue shortly before 10:30 p.m.
Nine firefighters battled the blaze for about 15 minutes before extinguishing the flames.
El Centro fire Capt. Alex Romero said while flames were kept to the bedroom and bathroom, smoke and heat damage left the interior of the house destroyed.
The one occupant, a man thought to be in his 40s, whose name was unavailable, was in the shower when the fire started.
He managed to get out of the house and escape injury. A resident about two blocks away spotted smoke rising over the neighborhood and called 911.