Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Firefighters douse small bush fire in San Ysidro; one home damaged, families displaced

A small brush fire broke out near homes and businesses on Interstate 5 in San Ysidro Thursday afternoon, destroying at least two vehicles and a home and displacing a family of five, authorities said.

The small fire started around 2:30 p.m. near West Calle Primera, which runs parallel to I-5 just off the highway west of Via De San Ysidro, according to the San Diego Fire and Rescue Department.

The first fire crews arrived within five minutes and quickly called for additional personnel and equipment, according to fire and rescue officials.

Footage from a news helicopter showed the fire blackening a small patch of dry vegetation between the parking lot of a commercial building and several houses.

Fire officials said the “fire occurred in three different locations” but the cause of the fire was not yet known. Two vehicles were destroyed and the fire spread to a nearby home.

Crews stopped the growth of the vegetation fire minutes before 3 p.m., but continued to put out the house fire until just before 3:30 p.m., fire officials said.

Two adults, three children and a dog were displaced from the home, officials said. Local American Red Cross staff responded and helped the family.

Nearly 80 firefighters and other first responders responded to the scene, including dozens from San Diego, Chula Vista and National City.

US News.

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