Escondido firefighters aided by Escondido police officers took about 10-15 minutes Sunday to knock down a structure fire in the 800 block of E. Lincoln Avenue near N. Fig Street around 11:15 a.m., according to Escondido Battalion Chief John Tenger.
That speedy response came too late, however, for a family of 11 who were displaced. Two patients were treated on scene for minor smoke inhalation, Tenger said. California Fire Foundation along with Red Cross assistance workers were providing assistance for the unfortunate family.
“Upon arrival, fire crews found a single story residence with heavy smoke and fire coming from the back portion of the structure,” Tenger said. “The fire was contained to the rear portion of the home within ten minutes. The estimated dollar loss was approximately $70,000.”
The cause of the fire was under investigation although firefighters believed it may have been caused by an electrical malfunction.