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ATF team joins probe into Chula Vista shoe store fire

Posted at 7:51 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 11:03:44-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has joined the investigation into a fire that erupted at a Chula Vista shoe store earlier this week and sent four firefighters to the hospital.

The Jan. 25 fire at Action Footwear (655 H St.) broke out just before 6 p.m., and the blaze spread quickly due to the strong winds that evening.

It took crews about two hours to put out the fire.

Three Chula Vista firefighters suffered burn injuries, while another sustained an ankle injury. Of the four crew members injured, one remains at UC San Diego Medical Center for treatment of burn injuries.

The Chula Vista Fire Department launched an investigation into the cause of the fire. On Thursday, the ATF said in a news release: “Based upon the size of the building, the amount of fire damage, and the firefighter injuries, Chula Vista Fire Department requested the assistance of ATF’s NRT [National Response Team].”

Chula Vista Fire Chief Harry Muns said, “The City of Chula Vista appreciates the support of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It’s important to determine the cause of the fire and this effort requires additional resources.”