Neighbors help put out brush fires along I-8

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EL CAJON, Calif. -- Crews extinguished multiple small brush fires in El Cajon Wednesday night.

Around 6:40 p.m., between four and eight spot fires broke out within minutes of each other on the hillside along westbound Interstate 8 near the West Main Street exit.

The fires were extinguished by 7:30 p.m.

Residents in the area said they are relieved their homes were spared from the nearby flames and are grateful for the quick action of neighbors like Kurtis Chesley.

When Chesley saw flames below his wife's grandmother's home, he took matters into his own hands.

"We saw some other neighbors running down the street. Grabbed the hose off the side of the building and found as many buckets as we could," Chesley said. "They were actually individual fires so we had to stop them one at a time, so we focused on one at a time. We were able to knock out about three."

Linda Biesel's home was another of several in jeopardy.

"My sister-in-law called and said there is a fire very close to your home," Biesel said.

Biesel said she was thankful for what Chesley did.

"He's a hero, there are heroes on this block. It's a nice little neighborhood and everybody looks after everybody so it doesn't surprise me at all," Biesel said.

Firefighters are still looking into the cause of the fires, but say it was likely a catalytic converter.

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