Riverbed Fire Sparks Once Again in Plaza Bonita Area

The blaze burned one acre at the same site of a previous fire

By Monica Garske
|  Saturday, May 3, 2014  |  Updated 12:36 PM PDT
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    A brush fire sparked in a riverbed near the Plaza Bonita Mall in National City Saturday morning – the second blaze of its kind in the same week.

    Fire officials said the fire was reported by multiple parties just after 11:30 a.m. in the 3000-block of Plaza Bonita Road. Crews rushed to the scene.

    The fire burned approximately one acre and was knocked down by 12:15 p.m.

    The area experienced fire activity just a few days ago.

    On Wednesday, a two-alarm fire sparked in the riverbed near a homeless encampment.

    In that fire, National City Police made a grisly discovery: the charred body of a victim found in some brush about 100 yards west of a command post set up by firefighters battling the blaze. The body was so badly burned that police couldn’t immediately identify whether the victim was male or female. Investigators also weren’t sure if the victim died after getting caught in the fire, or if the person died under suspicious circumstances.

    Due to the previous recent fire, officials said Saturday's blaze had the potential to spread quickly. Luckily, it was contained within about 45 minutes.
     

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