Crews respond to fully involved house fire

SAN DIEGO - It took firefighters about an hour Friday afternoon to subdue a blaze that gutted an East County home and torched some surrounding foliage.

Flames began spreading through the unoccupied single-story house in the 9100 block of Dillon Drive in La Mesa for unknown reasons about 3 p.m., said Sonny Saghera, a spokesman for Heartland Fire & Rescue.

Stoked by westerly winds, the non-injury blaze ignited nearby trees and bushes, including some in neighboring yards, and caused minor damage to the roof of a nearby residence, Saghera said.

The American Red Cross was called in to help the three adult residents of the destroyed home arrange for emergency lodging.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

A Neighborhood Watch leader told 10News that he believed the home was bank-owned and was being used by gang members, possibly to cook drugs.

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