(August 24, 2012, EL CENTRO) – The Imperial County Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire at 1492 East Highway 98 at approximately 3:46 Thursday morning.
When the first engine arrived, the firemen encountered a fire fully enveloping a prefabricated home that had an attached addition.
The first arriving engine company began an aggressive attack and immediately requested additional county resources along with more units from Holtville, El Centro, Calexico. They requested Gold Cross ambulance to come to the site and assist.
Tragically, the fire claimed the life of an 11 year-old girl who lived at this home. The other family members were medically checked and treated for smoke inhalation. American Red Cross was dispatched to the scene to provide the family with any assistance possible.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and will be ongoing.