VISTA, Calif. — It took crews about 35 minutes to subdue a two-alarm fire that ignited above a Vista paint store late Thursday afternoon.
The flames were contained to the attic and luckily, they didn’t spread into the store below and to the rest of the strip mall.
“The potential was there, but the fire was pretty much in the roof and attic system of the building — no fire in the material or stock of the building,” said Todd Feneis, Battalion Chief with the Vista Fire Department.
Feneis said investigators still don’t know how the fire started.
Witnesses, who work in businesses nearby, said they survived a close call.
“Could’ve been really catastrophic, especially our place here, Batteries Plus…We have a lot of lithium in the building. When lithium comes in contact with fire, you can’t put it out with just water,” said Duke Michaels, an employee at Batteries Plus, a store just a few doors from where the fire started.
There were no reports of injuries.
The roof and attic of the paint store will have to be rebuilt before the business can reopen, according to Chief Feneis.