On Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 8:43 AM, the Heartland Communications Center received a call reporting smoke coming from the structure at 13217 Aurora Drive. The neighbor reported that he could hear a smoke alarm, and that the "windows were hot to the touch." A first alarm structure response was sounded bringing units from Lakeside, El Cajon, Santee, and the San Miguel Fire District. A total of four structural engines, one truck company, an ALS medic unit, and two chief officers responded to the call.
On the arrival of Engine 3 and Medic 3 (Lake Jennings Fire Station) they encountered heavy smoke coming from the dwelling. With the arrival of Engine 8 (Heartland Fire & Rescue, Madison Station), and Engine 19 (San Miguel Fire, Bostonia Station) crews made entry and located the fire in a back bedroom. Crews conducted a search for occupants and domestic pets, fortunately none were found.
Crews were able to confine the fire to the bedroom, but heat and smoke damage was present throughout the structure. The Red Cross was notified to assist the family with their immediate needs.
The Logistics Volunteer Group responded and provided rehab support to the crews on-scene.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. A total of 20 fire personnel responded to the incident.
Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Video By: SDSO Deputies