Crews stop brush fire from spreading to homes in El Cajon

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EL CAJON, Calif. -- Crews quickly contained a small brush fire that broke out in El Cajon Thursday night.

The fire, which was estimated to be between one-eighth and one-fourth of an acre in size, broke out near Avocado Avenue and Alzeda Drive and was considered a threat to homes in the area, according to Heartland Fire Department.

Firefighters responded in a matter of minutes and were able to stop the fire before it climbed up the hillside to homes on the hilltop.

By 8:45 p.m., fire officials said the fire had been contained and the forward rate of spread had been stopped. Crews were still working to put out hot spots, using thermal imaging to ensure flames didn't flare out of control.

El Cajon police temporarily closed Avocado Avenue between Chase Avenue and Skywood Drive. By 10:20 p.m., police had lifted the road closure and residents were able to return to their homes.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Investigators said they were looking into a report that an object may have been thrown from a car.

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