The El Centro Police and Fire Dispatch Center received a 911 call for a report of smoke coming from the roof of a residence in the 1100 block of S. 14 St., October 30, at approximately 2:56 a.m. The first El Centro Fire Department Engine Company arrived on scene five minutes after the initial dispatch, and found a vacant residence with smoke coming from the roof, according to a press release issued from the fire department.
El Centro firefighters performed an aggressive fire attack on the structure, according to the release. A second alarm was requested by the incident commander bringing one additional battalion chief and fire engine from Imperial County Fire Department.
The report said heavy smoke and fire was found in a bedroom and hallway area. Initial knockdown of the fire was completed within minutes of arriving on the scene. A search of the residence commenced.
Fire crews remained on scene until 5:30 a.m. A total of 16 firefighters brought the fire under control with no injuries to civilians or firefighters reported. The Imperial County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Imperial Irrigation District, El Centro Police Department, Gold Cross Ambulance, and Southern California Gas provided support during the incident. The release said the El Centro Fire Department Investigators are currently working to determine the cause.