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Brawley bonfire goes awry

January 21, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — An unattended bonfire in the back yard of a residence here engulfed a vehicle, two sheds and threatened a residence.

Brawley Fire Department Lt. Ryan Kelly said an engine crew responded to a fire in the 1100 block of J Street about 5 a.m. Sunday.

Kelly said the fire engulfed a non-functional vehicle that had been parked in the back yard, a covered wood plank shed and a metal shed.

Kelly said the residents of the home on the property had left a bonfire in a barrel unattended and gone to sleep.


He added firefighters got the fire under control after 10 minutes and extinguished it after 45 minutes.

The house was near the fire but because of firefighters' efforts the fire did not spread to the house.

Kelly said the fire's direct cause is still under investigation.

In separate incidents in Calipatria, a series of haystack fires is under investigation.

Information on the fires was limited this morning.

Calipatria Fire Chief Chris Hall said the department received a call regarding three haystack fires in various locations outside the city about 4:45 this morning.

Hall said fire officials suspect the fires were arson.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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