Cal Fire: 5-acre fire in Lakeside sparked by metal grinder

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LAKESIDE, Calif. — Firefighters battled a 5-acre fire in Lakeside Saturday that was sparked by a metal grinder, according to Cal Fire.

The fire near Cordial Road and Avenida Del Charro was reported just before 4 p.m. Firefighters said the 3-acre fire was threatening structures. They stopped the forward rate of spread by 4:30 p.m.

Video posted to the Cal Fire San Diego Facebook page showed how close flames came to families’ homes.

Cal Fire said in an update Saturday night that they believe a metal grinder sent a spark into dry grass, causing the flames. The agency is warning a small mishap can have disastrous effects, especially this time of year.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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