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1 Dead in El Cajon House Fire: Heartland FD


A man was found dead after a fire sparked at an El Cajon home Thursday.  

Heavy smoke and flames could be seen pouring from the home near the intersection of Magnolia and Washington avenues when firefighters arrived at about 5:15 a.m., the Heartland Fire Department (HFD) said. 

One person was found dead at the scene.

Heartland FD said the man may have been disabled making it challenging to get out of the home when the fire erupted. 

A neighbor who heard others’ screams for help ran inside before firefighters arrived to try to find the man who lived there.

“At first it wasn’t that big, it got bigger fast,” Don Campbell said. 

Campbell said he was overwhelmed by smoke and didn’t know which direction to go so he left it to fire crews.

“I keep looking over there because I want to see that, god willing, they’ll bring him out and everything will be alright,” Campbell said. 

Firefighters had the blaze knocked down in less than 20 minutes. Investigators remained on scene to investigate the cause of the blaze. 

No other information was available.

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Photo Credit: NBC 7
Source: NBC San Diego

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