Crews Contain Fire Burning Near Homes

The brush fire sparked in a canyon behing the Beacon Cove apartment complex in Chula Vista

By Monica Garske and Christina London
|  Monday, Jul 15, 2013  |  Updated 1:10 PM PDT
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Crews Contain Fire Burning Near Homes

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A brush fire near some Chula Vista homes flared up again Monday.

Firefighters were called back to the 500 block of East H Street around 11:30 a.m. Crews quickly had the flare-up under control, according to officials.

The fire first began around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the canyon behind the Beacon Cove apartment complex.

Officials said it was initially burning slowly in the heavy vegetation, possibly threatening nearby homes.

Several crews responded to the scene by ground and air, including a structure protection group.
After about 20 minutes, firefighters were able to knock down the majority of the fire. Firefighters stayed on the scene for several hours mopping up hotspots.

Residents said they smelled the smoke and saw flames on the hillside behind the complex. One resident told NBC 7 a fire alarm went off in the complex, and by the time he walked outside, firefighters were already there.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.


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