Sunday, May 12, 2013


Lakeside, CA -

Shortly before noon on Mother's Day, May 12, 2013,  Lakeside firefighters were dispatched to a vegetation fire on Highway 8 Business east of Los Coches Rd. Engine 3 (Lake Jennings fire station) was the first unit on scene and reported a fast-moving vegetation fire with one structure burning and several homes immediately threatened in a nearby mobile home park. The E3 officer immediately requested additional resources through Heartland Dispatch including strike teams, aircraft, and hand crews.  First arriving firefighters also discovered a burn patient who was immediately treated and transported to the burn center at UCSD Hospital in Hillcrest.

Smoke looms up from the fire. Photo taken from the Camino Canada area. (Photo By: Josh Raczka)

A structure burns after the moved through the area. (Photo By: Josh Wilson)
For the next several hours crews were able to stop the spread of the fire and extinguish the blaze. One mobile home and several out buildings were lost during this fire along with a few vehicles.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  A special thanks to Gaetano's Italian Restaurant for supplying food for the crews when the work was done.    

Engine 3 pumping a deck gun (600 gallons per minute) trying to take the heat out of the fire. (Photo By: Jeff Holz)
Crews putting in a hose lay to cut off the extension of the fire down the creek bed. (Photo By: Jeff Holz)

Firefighter taking action on one of the involved structures. (Picture By: Jeff Holz)

Fire making a run towards structures. (Photo By: Chris Walsh)
Responding units from the Lakeside Fire District included Engine 3, Engine 2, Brush 1, Brush 26, Medic 2, Medic 3, Water Tender 7251, Chiefs 4105, 4106, 4101, and support 4140 (Logistical Volunteers).

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Agencies that assisted with the incident included Cal Fire, Santee, El Cajon, Barona, Sycuan, and County of San Diego.

Story By: Engineer/Paramedic Matthew Buzzell, Lakeside Fire District
Photo By: Mark Roberts, 10 News, Josh Raczka, Jeff Holz, Josh Wilson, Chris Walsh

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