The blaze was reported shortly before 8 p.m. Eleven firefighters from El Centro and nine from the county department responded.
Along with high winds, fire crews had to contend with power lines that had fallen on a chain-link fence and were still energized. The Imperial Irrigation District had to be summoned to cut power to the lines.
No one was in the duplex when the blaze erupted, according to the county Fire Department.
A family with a mother and three daughters lived in one of the duplex units. A mother and a daughter lived in the other unit, according to Sylvia Preciado of the American Red Cross.
County fire officials reported the mother with three children had a place to stay, while the mother and her daughter did not. The Red Cross was going to try to work with both families to see what help they need.
Three adults lived in the house damaged by the blaze. The house was going to be inspected today to determine if it was habitable.
Information on the cause of the blaze was unavailable this morning. The fire remained under investigation.
>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.