December 20, 2010 (Lake Morena) – Firefighters at the Lake Morena Fire Station heard an explosion at 8:45 p.m. last night. “They went outside and saw the house next door was on fire,” Cal-Fire Captain Mike Mohler told East County Magazine. Fire was through the roof, swiftly engulfing the small modular home.
Four engines, a rescue unit and a battalion chief were swiftly dispatched to the residence, located at the intersection of Sage and Oak, but were unable to save the home. “Firefighters did pull one dog out of the residence,” Mohler said. The dog, which had burned hair on its face, was transported to an animal hospital and survived, he added. A second dog ran off during the fire.
The owner was not at home when the fire began and the cause remains under investigation. “The Battalion Chief, Cal-Fire and law enforcement are on the scene investigating,” Mohler said this morning.