Fire in Vacant Home Too Dangerous for Firefighters

A vacant home in Escondido caught fire early Monday, spreading into the trees before firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire.

A security guard reported the fire just after 3:30 a.m. on North Escondido Boulevard near State Route 78 and Centre City Parkway.

The bulk of the fire was in the attic according to Acting Battalion Chief Chip Paulson.

The home was put up for sale so it was empty, without residents or furniture inside.

“There were a couple of doors in the back that were open,” Paulson said.

The stubborn fire was in the middle of the home. Flames did spread into cypress trees nearby but were quickly knocked down.

Crews were using ladders to pour water into the home to try and access the fire without sending crews into the home.

“It’s unsafe to put anybody in the structure at this point because of the compromised roof,” Paulson said.

No one was injured in the fire.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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