Fire Sweeps Through Rock Auto in El Cajon

Flames spread through Rock Auto on West Main Street around 1 a.m.

By Megan Tevrizian and R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013  |  Updated 2:05 PM PDT
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Fire Damages Used Car Lot

Crews from Santee, La Mesa, and Cal Fire arrived to help battle the blaze. At one time there were 44 firefighters here. NBC 7's Megan Tevrizian reports.
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Fire damaged a used car lot in El Cajon early Wednesday.

Flames spread through Rock Auto on West Main Street around 1 a.m.

At first glance, it may appear nothing happened but that’s because Heartland firefighters were able to contain the fire to the service bays and office building, avoiding damage to cars in the lot.

The fire was actively burning inside an overhead attic.

Crews from Santee, La Mesa, and Cal Fire arrived to help battle the blaze. At one time there were 44 firefighters here.

“We had crews going interior to find and extinguish the fire and at the same time we had crews going to the roof to ventilate to help the crews on the inside to see what they were getting into,” said Heartland Deputy Fire Chief Greg McAlpine.

It took crews about a half hour to knock the fire down.

Investigators are looking into a nearby trash can fire to see if somehow these two fires are related.
 

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