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August 24, 2009 (Fallbrook) updated 5:30 p.m. – Fire has engulfed 24 units in a two-building apartment complex at 11556 S. Vine in Fallbrook, at the intersection of Clemmens St. “Ten units were damaged, with four severely damaged,” John Buchanan, North County Fire and Rescue public information officer told East County Magazine. “Forty-one people have been displaced. The Red Cross has been notified and is on the scene to help residents.”


A firefighter from North County Fire Protection District has been injured and was transported to Palomar Hospital, Buchanan confirmed.


The three-alarm fire started around 2 p.m. this afternoon, prompting a call for mutual aid at 2:50 p.m. Eighteeen engines were dispatched to help battle the blaze, with evacuations made of the vicinity.


In a separate incident, a brush fire that started shortly before 2 p.m. at 3000 Wing in San Diego is now under control, with no damage to structures, San Diego Fire Department has confirmed. As of early this evening, the fire is contained but is expected to take several hours to fully mop up, said Buchanan. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.


East County Magazine activated the Viejas Wildfire/Emergency Alert service to notify our readers about the fire when evacuations were announced. To sign up for this free service, just click the sign-up button on the top right side of our homepage.

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