THE CENTER – El Centro Fire Department units responded to a report of a burning structure at a vacant single-story mixed-use residential/commercial structure on the 400 block of E. Ross Avenue in El Centro.
The first unit of the El Centro Fire Department arrived on scene 5 minutes after responding to the incident. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a vacant one-story building engulfed in flames.
Firefighters coordinated a fire attack to confine the fire to the original building. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes of the arrival of the first fire extinguisher unit on the scene. Firefighters remained on site for more than 2 hours to completely extinguish the fire. All El Centro Fire Department units assigned to the incident were evacuated at 9:11 p.m.
Eyewitnesses reported that a male subject had left the scene at the time of the incident. Fire investigators are looking to identify this person of interest who is described as a thin Hispanic man in his 30s who was last seen wearing a tan baseball cap, black long-sleeved shirt and sweatpants. dark stripes.
Anyone who can identify the individual or has relevant information about the fire is asked to call Fire Battalion Chief Brad Chapin at (760) 337-4530. The fire remains under investigation.