FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact Battalion Chief Mike Bertrand 760-839-5405

On March 18, 2018 at approximately 1254 hours the Escondido Police and Fire Communications center received a report of a possible structure fire in the area of 7th/Escondido Bl. Escondido Police officers arrived on scene in the area and reported that there was a fire at the Iglesias Bautista Fundamental Church at 221 W 7th av. Officers ensured that the building had been evacuated, as church services had just concluded, and confirmed that the fire was located in a second floor classroom. Escondido fire units arrived on scene and were able to contain the fire to the room of origin and had the fire controlled within 8 minutes. In all 5 engines, 1 truck, 1 ambulance, 2 Battalion Chiefs and a fire investigator responded to the fire.

During the investigation it was determined that 2 juveniles started the fire with a lighter that they found in the classroom.

There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.

Safety Message: Ensure matches and lighters are stored in a safe place and have a fire evacuation plan.

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