Car fire causes evacuations near La Mesa

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car fire ignites brushLA MESA, Calif. – A car fire in the southbound lanes of State Route 125 approaching Highway 94 spread to a nearby hillside, and prompted authorities to evacuate homes in the area, fire officials said.

The California Highway Patrol received reports of a car on fire on the highway south of Spring Street shortly before 2 p.m. and a SigAlert was issued for the area.

The fire spread to a nearby hillside and was burning close to homes, authorities said.

Residents on Garfield Street near state Route 125 and north of State Route 94 were asked to evacuate, Heartland Fire & Rescue Department officials said.

La Mesa police advised drivers to avoid the area of Lemon Avenue and Grossmont Avenue while they tended to the fire.


  • bengrunbaum

    Hello everyone. Keep a good quality automotive fire extinguisher in your car. I saw this fire start from the other side of the freeway and got off at Lemon Avenue and went over to help since I have a fire extinguisher and medical supplies in my car. The fire extinguisher controlled the fire for the ten seconds it worked but flared up once it ran out. As the first fire truck arrived it ignited the grass and raced up the hill very fast. I hope no homes have burned down. I just purchased another fire extinguisher of better quality (do not buy the one from Target). If I had this one before the situation may have remained a car fire instead of turning into a brush fire.

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