2 suffer severe burns in fire at vacant industrial building


Two people were hospitalized Tuesday after being severely burned in a fire at a vacant commercial building in Escondido, authorities said.

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (CNS) – Two construction workers renovating an industrial building in Escondido Tuesday were seriously injured in a flash fire, authorities reported.

The blaze in the 1900 block of Commercial Street erupted for unknown reasons about 3:30 p.m., according to the Escondido Fire Department.

Though the blaze caused minimal structural damage and was already out by the time firefighters arrived, it left two of the four people who were inside the structure when it erupted badly burned, EFD spokesman Jeff Murdock said. The others were unharmed.

Paramedics took the injured men to UCSD Medical Center in San Diego, one by air ambulance and one by ground.

The cause of the fire, which flared up again briefly after fire crews were at the scene, was under investigation, Murdock said.

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