Friday, October 15, 2010

Structure Fire on Irene Ct

Pepper Drive Area: On Thursday, October 14, 2010, at 11:42 p.m., the Lakeside Fire District dispatched four engine companies, a truck company, an ALS medic unit, and a battalion chief to a reported residential structure fire in the 8000 blk of Irene Court. Occupants called 911 to report that their attic was on fire.

On the arrival of Engine Company 19 (San Miguel Fire, Bostonia Station), they had smoke showing from a single-story residential structure. Upon further investigation, firefighters discovered a fire amongst common combustibles stored in the attic area. Engine Company 1 (Riverview Station) was assigned to assist crews with extinguishing the fire while Truck Company 4 (Santee Fire, Cottonwood Station) conducted salvage operations to reduce potential damage to contents in the structure. Battalion 1 (Laff) assumed command of the fire.

Crews were able to confine the fire to the attic, but operations required extensive overhaul as all the stored items had to be removed from the attic.

Agencies assisting Lakeside were San Miguel Fire District, El Cajon Fire Department, Santee Fire Department and CalFire.

Initial cause appears to be an electrical short in the attic. Fire loss was placed at $50,000.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Photo By: Battalion Chief Ron Laff, Lakeside Fire District

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