Brush Fire Breaks Out After Fatal Helo Crash | NBC 7 San Diego

Brush Fire Breaks Out After Fatal Helo Crash

Marine helicopter crashed on training area of Camp Pendleton Base



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    Firefighters blocked off the helicopter's charred remains.

    Two people were pronounced dead at the scene after a military helicopter crashed on the northeast corner of Camp Pendleton Monday afternoon.

    A brush fire broke out as a result of the deadly crash at about 1 p.m., a military spokesperson said.

    Fire Erupts Following Chopper Crash

    [DGO] Fire Erupts Following Chopper Crash
    Two people were killed in a helicopter crash at Camp Pendleton Monday morning.
    (Published Monday, Sept. 19, 2011)

    The fire charred about 120 acres, but Camp Pendleton firefighters reported Monday afternoon that it was 80 percent contained. The fire was in the southeast portion of the base near its border. No structures were damaged.

    Camp Pendleton's fire department and emergency crews were dispatched to the scene. Multiple crews assisted at the site, including CAL Fire.

    Aerial views of the site crash showed the disintegrated pieces of the helicopter. The chopper belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

    There will be an investigation to determine the cause of the crash, according to Marine officials.