July 3, 2012 (Mt. Helix) -- As crews from the San Miguel Fire District responded to a 9-1-1 call late last night, flames were already shooting through the roof of the single family home located on the 9800 block of Ogram Drive. Once on scene, San Miguel Firefighters discovered the fire was running the attic of the 4200 square foot, single level home and called in a second alarm.
“The two occupants of the home woke up at about 11:45 p.m. to see smoke coming from the attic. They quickly made the emergency call and promptly evacuated,” said Leonard Villareal, public information officer at San Miguel Fire.
Given the extensive dollar loss, San Miguel Fire called in the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson team to conduct the investigation. The home owner told Firefighters there had been smoke coming from a ceiling can light earlier in the day. The home owner indicated he had cut power to the fixtures and there was no additional indication of fire. The official investigation as to the cause is just getting underway.
Crews from El Cajon, La Mesa, San Diego and Cal Fire joined San Miguel Fire Fighters as part of an automatic mutual aid response. In total about 45 people respond to the fire, including members of the American Red Cross. No other structures were damaged, and no injuries reported. A very preliminary estimate of property loss is set at $350,000.
While the fire was considered “knocked down” at 12:29 a.m. on July 3rd, about 45 minutes after the initial call, fire crews remained on the scene throughout the night. Given the nature of the blaze it is necessary for crews to conducting an extensive overhaul of the structure, to insure there are no flare ups in the attic or walls.