FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact Battalion Chief Tyler Batson (760) 522-0516
On February 11, 2021, at approximately 12:42 PM, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of fire in a bedroom at 1817 E Grand Ave at the Pepperwood Meadows Condominiums. The first arriving engine Captain reported a large amount of black smoke and fire coming from a second-floor unit of a two-story condominium building. Due to the life safety hazards and potential for increased fire spread to adjacent condominium units, a second alarm response was requested.
Aggressive action by the firefighters ensured all occupants of the effected condominiums were evacuated, and the fire was contained to the occupancy of origin. The affected condominium sustained major fire damage throughout the interior. The condominium below suffered major water damage from the suppression efforts necessary to extinguish the fire. Several neighboring occupancies incurred additional water damage and minor smoke damage. Approximately eight residents from three condominiums were displaced and received assistance from the Red Cross. Two gift cards from California Fire Foundation were provided for immediate emergency aid to displaced families.
Eight fire engines, two ladder trucks, two rescue ambulances, two Battalion Chief’s, and a fire investigator responded to the fire. Escondido Police officers provided road closures. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Safety Message: According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fires caused by smoking remain one of the leading causes of home fire fatalities.