EL CAJON, Calif. – A two-alarm fire with 75-foot-high flames swallowed an El Cajon storage building early Saturday.
Firefighters sent to the 500 block of South Marshall Avenue near El Cajon Boulevard shortly before 1:30 a.m. found a warehouse’s roof in flames and called for additional help, Heartland Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Monica Zech said.
More than 30 firefighters from multiple agencies extinguished the fire in about an hour and 20 minutes, Zech said.
Everything inside was left charred, blackened and unrecognizable.The property owner said there was a lot to burn inside the building.
“I don’t know if they were for survivalist kind of folks or what but there were food supplies, bedding, furniture,” said property manager Richard Hein.
He says he evicted his tenants months ago, but many of their things were never moved out.
“What was remaining, people kept breaking into the property in order and try and live there,” said Hein.
Saturday afternoon, crews demolished the building, but also sifted through everything to look for bodies.
“The building has a known history of having transients inside and we weren’t able to make interior search so that’s what we’re looking for,” said Todd Feneis of Heartland Fire & Rescue.
As of late Saturday evening, no bodies were found and the cause of the fire was still under investigation.