CALEXICO — Fire officials here are warning people to be careful when using cleaning solutions that contain flammable materials after an incident at Valley Independent Bank here Tuesday.
Calexico Fire Department Capt. Ernesto Avila said firefighters were called to VIB at 25 E. 3rd St. shortly before 10:30 a.m. based on a report of a water heater fire.
When firefighters arrived there were no flames but there were signs of scorching around the bank's water heater.
Avila said firefighters learned that an employee was using a cleaning material near the water heater in a room that was not ventilated.
Avila said it is likely the spray from the cleaner caught the pilot flame in the water heater, causing a brief flash. He said the flash, fortunately, did not spark a fire.