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Stove likely caused house fire on H-86

March 26, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

Investigators are citing a kitchen stove as the cause of an accidental fire that caused major damage to a home on Highway 86 on Saturday.

Shortly before midnight, the Imperial County Fire Department received a call informing it of a fire at 3654 Highway 86, about a quarter mile north of Keystone Road.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in 20 minutes and extinguished in three hours, said county fire Capt. Tony Moreno said.

The attic, kitchen and part of the dining room were damaged by flames while four other rooms may have smoke damage, Moreno said.

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No one was at the house, owned by Katherine Camarillo, at the time of the fire, Moreno said.

No civilians were injured, although one firefighter stepped on a nail but is fine, Moreno said.

Investigators determined Sunday the fire stemmed from an electrical problem in the kitchen's stove, Moreno said. The fire was declared accidental.

Camarillo, who bought the house eight months ago, estimated the home's value at $90,000, Moreno said.

If the house can be repaired, Moreno estimates it will cost $40,000-$50,000 to repair the damage.

Two engines from county station one in Imperial and one county engine manned by Brawley firefighters responded to the fire.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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