Firefighters from the Imperial County and El Centro fire departments battled a blaze Tuesday that destroyed a home on Evan Hewes Highway west of El Centro.
The fire erupted sometime before 6 a.m. and firefighters were called to the scene, near the intersection of Evan Hewes and Austin Road, at 6:04.
Imperial County Senior Firefighter Luis Andrade said about 20 firefighters from the two departments responded and extinguished the fire within 30 minutes.
Andrade said when firefighters arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames and could not be saved. He said fire crews did prevent flames from destroying an office building just a few feet from the residence.