La Mesa Fire Cause 'Suspicious in Nature'

By Joseph M.D. Young, Michael Gelhken and Tony Shin
|  Saturday, Jul 9, 2011  |  Updated 2:18 PM PDT
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Homes Burn in La Mesa

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Homes Burn in La Mesa

The two alarm fire erupted in a La Mesa apartment building in the 47 hundred block of 70th Street. Within minutes it spread to another home directly in front of it.
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Investigators are still trying to determine the cause a fire that caused an estimated $600,00 in damage to homes within in the 4700 block of 70th street Friday afternoon.

Though it’s unknown the cause was said to be suspicious, according to Monica Zech,m
Public Information Officer with Heartland Fire & Rescue.

Fire crews haven’t been able to enter the structure as of yet due to the poor conditions caused by clutter and hoarding, said Zech.

Property manager Rhonda Baker blamed the fire on a female tenant who lived in the back apartment where the fire started. She told NBCSanDiego that she had just filed an eviction notice hours before the fire.

It’s been reported that La Mesa Fire has responded to calls at the home in the past and the residents of the apartment were in the process of being evicted.
 

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