El Cajon Home Catches Fire

The fire began just before 11:30 a.m.

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    Gitzel Puente

    Crews responded to a fire at a home in El Cajon Saturday morning.

    According to authorities, the fire sparked just before 11:30 a.m. at a residence on the 600 block of Alderson Street.

    When Heartland Fire & Rescue and the El Cajon Fire Department arrived at the scene, the single-family home was fully engulfed and clouded by heavy smoke.

    Firefighters made their way into the home through the front door and were able to quickly knock down the fire, which was contained in the kitchen, said Heartland Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Kelly Sisson.

    Sisson said preliminary investigations indicated the 87-year-old male resident of the home had plugged in an appliance in the kitchen and left the room. When he returned, a fire had sparked in the kitchen.

    The full cause of the fire is still under investigation. Sisson could not confirm if a faulty appliance was the root of the fire.

    Sisson said the elderly resident was able to get himself out of the home safely. No injuries were reported.

    Due to structure damage, Sisson said the home is currently untenable. The kitchen was severely damaged, with losses estimated at $50,000.

    The displaced resident is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

    Check back for updates.

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