La Mesa

La Mesa House Fire Lights up the Night

The fire sparked at a home on Mohawk Street in La Mesa

The house on Mohawk Street in La Mesa was badly damaged by the blaze.
Jackie Crea

Almost 40 firefighters were called out to a fire in East County on Tuesday night.

Officials said a second alarm was called in at the large fire in the 7450 block of Mohawk Street in La Mesa, with crews on the scene from the Heartland, San Miguel and San Diego fire departments. The flames were first reported shortly after 8:15 p.m.

La Mesa police, Red Cross workers and San Diego Gas & Electric were also called in to help out.

Firefighters took just six minutes to arrive at the fire, which also caused some minor damage to an adjacent apartment complex that was evacuated for about a half-hour. The flames were mostly out within 20 minutes, according to Heartland Fire Battalion Chief Brian Hayward.

The three displaced residents were being assisted by the Red Cross, according to Hayward. Sadly, their home was destroyed in the fire, which fire officials described as a total loss. Damage estimates to the residence and its contents were put at $200,000.

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