CALEXICO — Fire destroyed a home here Thursday but not before the city's fire inspector — who spotted the blaze — got two children out of the house.
The fire, described by fire officials as suspicious in nature, started on the fence that surrounds the house at 212 7th St.
Calexico Fire Inspector George Chavez, who was driving through the area, spotted the blaze and reported it. He checked to see if there was anyone inside the house and found two children, ages 8 and 12.
The parents of the children were at work not far from the house, said Calexico fire Capt. Peter Mercado
Chavez got the children out of the house before other firefighters arrived, Mercado said.
He said the department was called to the fire at 3 p.m. and got to the scene within three minutes.
What was originally reported as a fence fire became a house blaze when firefighters saw smoke coming from vents, indicating the fire had spread into the attic.