El Cajon fire

FIRE CAUSES $75,000 IN DAMAGE TO HOUSE IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

August 8, 2017 (El Cajon) – A home in the 1300 block of Marline Avenue in El Cajon sustained $75,000 in damages to the house and contents from a fire reported at 1:20 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Heartland Fire and Rescue Service responded within four minutes, aided by crews from San Miguel and Lakeside Fire.  Firefighters found a fire on an enclosed patio behind the single-story home had spread into the main part of the house.

BRUSH FIRE IN ELCAJON

 

Photo credit:  Dave Nunes

October 24, 2016 (El Cajon) -- A SIG Alert has been issued for I-8 east due to a two-acre brush fire burning alongside the freeway just east of Greenfield in unincorporated El Cajon. The fire is burning uphill toward the Wal-Mart store, according to the CHP incident page.

ECM has a reporter en route to the scene; check back for details.

FIRE DESTROYS TRAILER IN EL CAJON

 

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

January 26, 2016 (El Cajon) -- A fifth-wheeler trailer erupted into flames on Terrace Hill Road around 10:30 this morning, sending a plume of black smoke visible across much of the community on the boundary of El Cajon and Lakeside.  The fire briefly threatened a home before firefighters subdued the blaze.

Heartland's El Cajon Fire, Lakeside Fire, San Miguel Fire and Cal Fire responded to the incident.

EL CAJON FIRE DISPLACES 3 RESIDENTS, KILLS CAT

 

East County News Service

Photo by El Cajon Fire Marshal Chris Jensen

November 13, 2015 (El Cajon) –Heartland Fire & Rescue crews in El Cajon responded to reports of a structure fire this morning at 9:45 a.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the second floor of a single-family home at 1715 Eldon Court in El Cajon.

FIRE HEAVILY DAMAGES MEDICAL CLINIC IN EL CAJON

 

An electrical fire on New Year’s Eve morning destroyed a medical clinic in El Cajon.

Heartland Fire and Rescue along with Cal Fire responded to the blaze at 1321 East Main Street, at the corner of East Main and Melody Lane, at 8 a.m.  Crews found heavy smoke coming from the clinic.  The building was occupied, but fortunately those inside were able to escape and call 911. No injuries were reported. 

BRUSH FIRE DOUSED ALONG I-8

 

October 18, 2013 (El Cajon) – A brush fire east of the El Cajon Boulevard offramp on Interstate 8 in El Cajon burned a half-acre yesterday. Heartland Fire and Rescue crews from El Cajon and La Mesa responded at 11:30 a.m., finding the fire slowly climbing an embankment near the freeway. Crews put the fire out in less than ten minutes. Trolley service was temporarily stopped as a precaution.

The cause of the fire has been listed as undetermined due to numerous possible ignition sources found along the embankment, such as lighters and cigarettes. In addition, there was a large amount of vegetation and numerous homeless encampments in this area.

BRUSH FIRE HALTED IN LAKESIDE; POWER RESTORED ACROSS EAST COUNTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos  by Deborah Horger, , Jeff Holz. Rebecca Jefferis Williamson and Imed Fehri and Alexis Parmnnoff

Update October 7, 2013 --SDG&E advises that the suspected cause of the outage is a faulted capacitor station.  All power was restored by 1:30 p.m.; the outage began at 10 a.m. affecting 4,501 customers.

October 6, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- An SDG&E sky crane loaded with 2,500 gallons of water helped firefighters halt a brush fire in Lakeside at 28 acres. No structures were lost; mop-up activiites will continue through the night.  The blaze began shortly after power went out to more than 4,500 customers for reasons that SDG&E's website indicated were unkown at the time of the outage; power has been fully restored. 

Below are our earlier updates on this fire, which began at Aquilla Drive in Lakeside and sent smoke billowing forth that was visible across much of East County as well as Poway and San Diego.

FIRES NOW 40 ACRES AS CREWS BATTLE BLAZES

Photos by Tamar Carter

September 26, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Three fires burning in East County have now charred a total of 40 acres.  All three started off I-8 at Dunbar Lane in Alpine, Greenfield Drive in El Cajon, and Los Coches in the Lakeside/El Cajon area.

“Forward spread is stopped,” Mike Mohler with Cal Fire told East County Magazine at 7:45 p.m.   “Residents should be informed that there are still open fire lines and engine lines will remain in the area through probably mid-day tomorrow.”

No evacuation orders are currently in place and residents have been allowed back home, he added. Earlier, 10 news reported some residents on Lotus Lane had been advised to evacuate.  No structures have been damaged.

3 FIRES BURNING IN EAST COUNTY

 

September 26, 2013 (San Diego's East County) --Fires are burning off I-8 at Dunbar Lane in Alpine, Greenfield in El Cajon, and Los Coches Road behind Vons in the Lakeside/El Cajon area. The first blaze began about 5:30.  10 News has a live video http://www.10news.com/video/live_video

An eyewitness told 10 News that as she passed Greenfield, she saw a string of small flames popping up.  She said she got repeated busy signals trying to call 911.  

"Right now the total acreage is around 30 acres," Mike Mohler of Cal-Fire reported.  "Firefighters are making good progress but we still have a long way to go."  Homes are threatened and residents have been advised to leave some homes on Lotus Lane.  Mohler said authorities are investigating the possibility of arson, or a vehicle malfunction. 

FAMILY OF 6 DISPLACED BY FIRE

 

September 19, 2013 (El Cajon ) – Four children and two adults are staying with family members temporarily after an attic fire damaged their two-story home at 930 Prescott Avenue in El Cajon this afternoon. 

Quick action by fire crews from Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon and La Mesa, along with firefighters from Cal Fire, kept the fire from reaching neighboring homes.  Heartland Fire reports the fire was knocked down in less than 20 minutes.   The damage was mostly to the attic and roof area.

KITCHEN FIRE DAMAGES EL CAJON APARTMENT

 

August 18, 2013 (El Cajon) – At 11:51 p.m. Saturday night, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews in El Cajon, with assistance from Cal Fire, responded to reports of a fire in the 3-hundred block of Wisconsin Avenue. As fire crews arrived on scene, smoke was seen coming from apartment #3, at 314 Wisconsin Avenue. 

EARLY MORNING FIRE DESTROYS TATTOO BUSINESS ON BROADWAY

 

July 29, 2013 (El Cajon) – At 12:43 a.m. on July 25, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews in the City of El Cajon responded to reports of a structure fire in the 1-thousand block of Broadway in El Cajon.  Upon arrival firefighters found smoke and flames coming from the Classic Tattoo business located at 1024 Broadway.  Quick action by fire crews had the fire knocked down in less than 25 minutes.  Two adjoining businesses of the one story structure sustained smoke and water damage.  Heartland crews were assisted by fire units from Cal Fire and Santee fire departments.

STRUCTURES ON FIRE, BURN VICTIM REPORTED ON OLD HIGHWAY 80

 

 

View video  of fire  and airdrop  by Adam Cameron.

Photos by Leslie O'Brien and Nancy Hauer

Update: Forward spread is halted; firefighters are expected to remain on scene through this evening.

May 12, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- A brush fire that began near the river bed at 13425 Old Highway 80 near Las Coches Road could reach 20 acres or more and is now burning mobile homes.   A female burn patient from a homeless camp that burned has been transported to a hospital.

Two strike teams and a helicopter have been ordered.  CHP is shutting down traffic on Las Coches.

QUICK ACTION BY HEARTLAND FIREFIGHTERS SAVES HOME IN EL CAJON

 

March 7, 2013 (El Cajon )--A Heartland Fire & Rescue engine company in El Cajon was returning from a call at 5:30 this evening and came across a possible garage fire in the 100 block of West Douglas Avenue. The fire company, noticing heavy black smoke from the garage of the three-story town home, quickly called for a first alarm assignment to combat the fire.

2-ALARM FIRE DESTROYS APARTMENTS ABOVE BUSINESS IN EL CAJON

December 21, 2012 (El Cajon) – A fire last night at 1281 North Second Street in El Cajon has displaced two residents, also resulting in smoke and water damage to a vacant commercial business downstairs.

Heartland Fire and Rescue crews responded to the blaze at 10:30 p.m. Upon finding three apartment units in flames, the fire was upgraded to a second alarm.  Heartland Fire & Rescue from El Cajon and La Mesa received assistance from the Santee and Lakeside Fire Departments, and the San Miguel Fire Protection District.  Firefighters contained the fire in about 35 minutes.

BRUSH FIRE ON INTERSTATE 8

November 25, 2012 (El Cajon ) - A brush fire is burning along Interstate 8 west at East Main Street in El Cajon. The fire is burning uphill in medium fuel.   CHP shut down the freeway briefly but one lane is now reopened.

Further east, a car fire on I-8 east near Jacumba is also impacting traffic.

Sign up for free Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts at the top right side of our homepage and you can also receive a free weekly copy of East County Magazine.  You can also follow ViejasAlerts on Twitter. We recommend all of the above since you don't know which communication will work best in a regional emergency.

BRUSH FIRE IN EL CAJON: STRUCTURES THREATENED

Update:  ECM news partner 10 News reports that this fire was started by El Cajon Police SWAT team conducting training exercises at a shooting range near Gillespie Field. 

Homes on Hacienda were threatened but did not burn, however one firefighter was transported to Grossmont Hospital in stable condition with a knee injury. 

Lt. M. Coit with El Cajon Police offered this statement.  "The smoke canister was deployed as part of an El Cajon Police Department SWAT Team training exercise.  The SWAT Team followed all safety precautions, however underestimated the weather conditions. The El Cajon SWAT Team is currently re-evaluating the safety procedures for the deploying of such devises.  The Heartland Fire Department will provide additional training to ensure that similar events do not occur. The El Cajon Police Department regrets any inconvenience to residents in the area."

FIREFIGHTERS SAVE UNCONSCIOUS WOMAN FROM FIRE IN EL CAJON, 2 SERIOUSLY INJURED

 

Late night fire displaces 4 adults and 2 children

January 31, 2012 (El Cajon)—A Heartland Fire & Rescue crew from El Cajon responded to reports of a structure fire at a board and care facility at 1460 E. Lexington Avenue in El Cajon late last night. Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the facility, with reports of a trapped victim.

FIREFIGHTERS REVIVE DOG “NEAR DEATH” AFTER FIRE IN EL CAJON

 

Photos by Monica Zech

January 4, 2012 (El Cajon) – A homeowner escaped her burning mobile home this morning, but her chihuahua dog, Mojo, was found unconscious and near death. Thanks to dedicated efforts  by local firefighters, however, Mojo's live has been saved. 

MORNING FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY OF 8 IN EL CAJON: BLAZE FOUND TO BE ARSON

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2011 (El Cajon)--Investigators have determined that an early morning house fire in El Cajon was caused by arson, according to Heartland Fire and Rescue.

At 1:40 a.m., Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon responded to reports of a structure fire and found a single story home at 1180 Naranca Avenue with heavy smoke and fire showing.

WHY DO ALL THE FIREFIGHTERS HAVE MUSTACHES?

October 25 fundraiser at Outback Steakhouse to benefit ill child in need of service dog
 

By Jym Bridger
 

October 20, 2011 (El Cajon)--You have probably seen them, all those guys riding around in the fire engines with moustaches. Has anybody told them moustaches have been out of fashion since the final episode of Magnum P.I. in 1988?
 

AFTER POWER SHUT OFF, RESIDENTS USE PROPANE TO HEAT HOME, CAUSING FIRE

By Miriam Raftery

March 7, 2011 (El Cajon) – A fire at a home located at 154 N. Westwind Drive in El Cajon last night caused $75,000 to $100,000 in damage, displacing three men and causing minor injury to one.

 

“Upon investigation, it was found that the tenants of the home had been using propane gas inside the home for lighting and heat since the electrical power had been turned off to the house,” a press release from Heartland Fire & Rescue stated. “One of the tenants, while attempting to transfer propane to smaller containers, accidentally set off the blaze.”

READER'S EDITORIAL: A TALE OF TWO ADJOINING FIRE DEPARTMENTS

 

One spends more than twice as much on employee health insurance--almost one million dollars more

 

By R. Perry

 

March 5, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- The San Miguel Fire Protection District spends more than twice as much on health benefits for its 96 employees than does the neighboring fire department in El Cajon.

 

In 2009 San Miguel Fire asked voters for a 1.5 million dollar benefit fee. The voters turned them down. The result was the closure of an entire engine company reducing response capability by eleven percent.

CAR THIEF CRASHES INTO BEDROOM IN EL CAJON

 

February 6, 2011 (El Cajon) – A parolee accused of stealing a car has been arrested after crashing the vehicle into the bedroom of a home at 627 Verdin Street in El Cajon shortly before dawn this morning. Thankfully the home's occupants were spared a rude awakening, since no one was sleeping in the bedroom that was struck.

NEW CPR PROCEDURES SAVE LIVES, EL CAJON FIRE DEPT. REPORTS

 

February 6, 2011 (El Cajon)--For the past four years, El Cajon Fire Department has been involved in studies for cardiac arrest patients. According to medical officials over-seeing this study, survival rates for these patients increased 1.6% to 9%--a survival rate rivaling some of the top performers in the nation, despite a high rate of elderly persons in the population with multiple health problems.

 

 

SMOKER CAUSES APARTMENT FIRE, INJURY TO MAN IN EL CAJON

 

November 26, 2010 (El Cajon)--Late Tuesday night, just before 11:00 p.m., Heartland Fire Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call of a fire at the Lexington East Apartments in the 200 block of Jamacha Road in El Cajon. Firefighters from Heartland Fire & Rescue arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the open front door of one of the apartment units.

Pages