Fire officials investigate cause of river bottom blaze

August 24, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Fire officials here today were continuing to investigate the cause of a brush fire that occurred along the Alamo River on Wednesday, threatening homes and businesses.

Holtville fire Capt. Alex Silva said a cause of the fire had yet to be determined, but he said the Fire Department is following leads called in to the department.

When asked if the fire is being examined as an arson, Silva said arson is always a possibility but no such determination had been made as of this morning.

The brush fire burned a quarter-mile stretch of river bottom along the Alamo near Highway 115.

Imperial County fire officials said there were homes and some businesses in the area of the fire, which erupted Wednesday evening.


The blaze was treated as a second-alarm fire, which meant fire crews from the county, El Centro and Calexico joined the initial Holtville and county units that responded.

Some of those crews were assigned to keep flames away from residences and businesses. The only building damaged was a storage facility on the river bottom.

There were no injuries reported.

More than 20 firefighters battled the fire, which was under control by Wednesday night.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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