At least 30 vehicles damaged in fire

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NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — A fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon near where two highways intersect damaged at least 30 vehicles in a National City parking lot.

The fire was reported around 12:45 p.m. in the 3200 block of Hoover Avenue, northeast of Interstate 5 and State Route 54. The flames could be seen from the I-5 and nearby streets, National City police said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 2:30 p.m., but police encouraged people to avoid the area due to continuing street closures.

Police say they have detained a homeless person for questioning. They believe the fire started in the back of the lot on the other side of the fence where it appears a homeless camp had been set up.

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