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January 22, 2014 (Dehesa) – Officials are investigating the cause of a white SUV found fully engulfed in fire on the morning of Tuesday, January 21.  

“I am the resident that found the SUV while leaving for work. Fire was coming from the interior of the SUV with its windows rolled down part way,” Darin L. Wessel told ECM.   The vehicle was pulled off Sloane Canyon Road at Model A Ford Lane, parked near trees and brush.  Wessel took these photos after calling 911  and said the incident is being investigated as possible arson.  “The conversations I overheard indicated there may have been a rag hanging out of the gas tank.”

Sycuan Police and Fire crews were first to arrive at the scene. Units from Cal Fire and U.S. Fish & Game’s fire service also responded, along with San Diego County Sheriff’s units.

The blaze was quickly extinguished before it could spread to nearby brush.  According to Wessel, preliminary reports indicate the SUV was registered out of Riverside County.   No one was inside the vehicle at the time the fire was discovered.

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