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Arson suspected in El Cajon house fire

Posted at 9:48 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 12:48:44-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) -- Authorities said they believe a fire that torched an El Cajon home early Thursday morning may have been intentionally set.

At around 3 a.m., firefighters were called to the 1100 block of Oro Street in response to a house fire, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Several of the home’s occupants escaped but responding sheriff’s deputies learned one person was still inside.

Sheriff’s officials said: “After multiple attempts to call the resident out, deputies entered the home and dragged the occupant to safety. The occupant was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.”

10News learned the occupant, a woman, suffered smoke inhalation. Deputies were also able to rescue the woman's dogs.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire before it spread further.

Sheriff’s officials said a preliminary investigation determined the fire was possible arson and Bomb/Arson detectives are investigating the incident.