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By Miriam Raftery

December 14, 2009 – A structure fire in Alpine reported shortly before 6 p.m. this evening has been extinguished, a dispatcher for Heartland Fire has informed East County Magazine. The fire at a two-story home the 1600 block of Peutz Valley Road posed challenges to firefighters, who found a locked gate at the scene, according to Incident Protection Network.


Crews were dependent on "storage tank" water as there are no hydrants in that area, Heartland Zone News reported. .Crews also had to deal with access issues as a key bridge in the area showed signs of erosion from recent rains.


Units from the Alpine, Viejas, Lakeside, San Miguel, and CALFIRE responded to the blaze. Arriving engine companies conducted an interior search and found no occupants, then began an interior attack and ventilation procedures as it was suspected that the fire had spread to the attic.