Residential Structure Fire 12/4/2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact Battalion Chief Jeff Sargis (760) 705-7122

On December 4, 2018 at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a fire in an adult care facility located near the 1200 block of E Pennsylvania Ave. A structure fire response of three Engines, one Truck, one Rescue Ambulance and one Battalion Chief was dispatched to the location. Escondido Police Officers provided road closures.

The first arriving unit reported no smoke or signs of fire and began investigating. Crews found that a mattress fire had been extinguished by the sprinkler system in a room on the third floor of the facility. Due to the effectiveness of the fire sprinklers, all occupants of the building were able to escape without injury.

The third floor room sustained minor fire and smoke damage. Water damage caused the facility to be deemed unsafe and temporarily closed. The property owners moved all 26 residents to another location.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Safety Messages:

Fire sprinklers are effective and save lives.

Smoke detectors should be tested regularly and removable batteries should be changed twice per year.

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