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Fire destroys Imperial house

family not home

December 26, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — Fire tore through a home here this morning, destroying the residence and displacing a family.

County fire officials are investigating whether the blaze was an arson.

The fire erupted sometime before 2:30 a.m. at a home in the 500 block of North C Street. The Imperial County Fire Department was notified of the blaze at 2:35 a.m.

Acting county fire Capt. Ernesto Celis said about 25 firefighters from the county, El Centro, Brawley and Holtville fire departments were called to the scene. He said it took about 30 minutes to extinguish the fire.

He said by the time firefighters arrived at the home at 512 N. C St. was engulfed, adding the house was destroyed.


Celis said investigators were at the scene this morning trying to determine the cause of the fire. He said the blaze was being probed as a possible arson but declined to release further details because of the investigation.

Celis said one concern firefighters had when they arrived was there were reports there were two adults inside the residence. That was found to be untrue. He said the family that resides in the home was away when the fire erupted.

Celis said he did not have specific information on the family that resides in the house. He said a husband and wife who lived in the home arrived as crews were extinguishing the fire. Celis said he did not know if the couple has children.

An American Red Cross official said the organization was not called to the scene. A Red Cross official said this morning authorities were going to be contacted to determine whether the family needs Red Cross services.

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

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