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Fire burns homeless encampment near Chula Vista riverbed

Posted at 8:45 AM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 11:45:35-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A man was detained after he was seen fleeing from a fire that burned at a homeless encampment in Chula Vista early Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported at around 3 a.m. in an area near Faivre and Jacqua streets, according to authorities.

A man was spotted running away from the flames but was then corralled by responding police officers. 10News learned the man told police there were other people in the riverbed below as the fire raged.

It took more than a dozen firefighters to knock down the fire.

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No injuries were reported and there was no immediate word on if there were other people in the encampment.

It is unknown if the man detained was arrested.

The fire ignited in the same area where a similar blaze erupted during Red Flag conditions several weeks ago.