LAKESIDE, Calif. - Firefighters have contained a 2-acre brush fire in Lakeside that left five structures damaged or destroyed and one person injured.
SLIDESHOW: Lakeside brush fire
The fire was reported just before 12 p.m. Sunday near Olde Highway 80 off Highway 8 Business, east of Los
Coches Road. Officials say the fire was burning at a well-known homeless encampment in thick bamboo weeds called arundo.
The wind carried the embers to mobile homes in the area. Five were either damaged or destroyed and a couple of the trailers, which belonged to a local roofing company, sustained heavy damage.
Several air tankers and two strike teams were dispatched to fight the fire, which was contained at about 1 p.m. However, due to the hot and windy conditions, crews will be on scene for the next several hours to mop up hotspots.
A Hazmat crew has been called out as a precaution to investigate the roofing company's materials that may have burned in the fire.
A woman was transported to UCSD Medical Center to be treated for burn injuries and is in critical condition.
Two adults and four children were displaced from one of the residences, according to the Heartland Fire and Rescue Department. The Red Cross has been called out to assist them with finding a place to stay.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. 10News learned that because there was a serious injury, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Bomb/Arson Unit will be coming out to determine the cause.
Power was out for customers in the surrounding area. It was unclear how many customers were affected.
More details will be posted as they become available.
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