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East County News Service

March 25, 2017 (El Cajon) – Cal Fire and Heartland Fire crews responded to a call at 6:30 this morning in the 1500 block of North Magnolia Ave. in unincorporated El Cajon, where they found an auto repair shop fully engulfed in flames.

According to, firefighters fought to halt the blaze from spreading to nearby structures, then doused the blaze at the auto shop.

The blaze caused an estimated $150,000 in damages, including to a vehicle inside the shop near Gillespie Field, Cal Fire Capt. Isaac Sanchez said.

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Not So Much Cal Fire

This fire was handled quickly by Heartland Fire-Rescue and Santee Fire who all arrived on scene within 6 minutes of dispatch. No Cal Fire units arrived until this thing was pretty much out (more than 11 minutes!). This is a great example of why San Miguel Fire needs back into Heartland Dispatch.