July 9, 2009 (El Cajon)--At 5:15 p.m. this evening El Cajon Fire crews responded to reports of a trailer home fire at the Chieftain Trailer Park, located at 187 Ballard, space number 48-B in El Cajon. Upon arrival firefighters found the trailer home engulfed.
About 15 firefighters had the fire extinguished in about ten minutes, preventing damage to nearby trailers. The trailer home was destroyed, displacing two adults and their four children. A homeowner who cut his hand while trying to fight the fire with a garden hose was treated at the scene by paramedic firefighters.
Fire investigators say the fire appears to have been caused by the homeowner setting off 16 bug bombs in an enclosed area, with fumes being ignited by an unknown heat source. The fire remains under investigation. Total damage has been estimated at $30,000 for the trailer home and its contents. The American Red Cross is now assisting the displaced family with temporary housing.
A fire crew from the San Miguel Fire Protection District assisted El Cajon Fire crews in fighting the blaze.