EL CENTRO — The El Centro Police and Fire Dispatch Center began receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a building fire July 9, at 11:40 p.m. in the 200 block of North 4th Street. The first El Centro Fire Department Engine Company arrived on scene at 11:44 p.m., four minutes after the initial 911 call, according to an ECPD report.  

They found a small outbuilding on the abandoned gas station property with fire and smoke showing from the south end of the building, per the report. 

Firefighters began on the exterior of the structure and knocked down the large flames. Crews then transitioned to extinguishing the fire inside of the building. Firefighters protected the other buildings on the property and contained the fire to the initial structure. 

The report said the fire crews had the blaze under control within a few minutes. The El Centro Fire Department responded with two engine companies, two rescue squads, and one battalion chief with 11 firefighters. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported. El Centro Police Department assisted with traffic control during the incident. Fire investigators are currently working to determine the cause of the fire. 

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