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Fire scorches Chula Vista playground overnight

Chula Vista playground fire
Posted at 9:44 AM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 14:59:56-04

(KGTV) -- A fire that tore through a Chula Vista playground overnight is being investigated as suspicious, the Chula Vista Fire Department says.

The fire was reported just after 4:50 a.m. at the Veterans Park Community Center.

Video of the scene shows roaring flames erupting from the playground before a loud explosion is audible.

At this time, the department says the fire is under investigation as suspicious.

Several other residential and business fires also took place overnight Saturday and into the early morning. The first fire damaged an El Cajon home on the 1700 block of Hacienda Place just before 3:30 a.m. One person was injured due to smoke inhalation.

Heartland Fire and Rescue says one man was found in the backyard of the home with minor injuries. Another person suffered smoke inhalation.

The blaze is under investigation by the El Cajon Police Department and the Sheriff Department’s Bomb and Arson unit.

The second fire burned through the La Tiendita Mexican Market on the 3800 block of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard around 9 a.m. Saturday. The cause is unknown.

There is no indication of any link between the three fires at this time.

See the map below for all the locations: