At approximately 2 am on May 24, a commercial fire broke out at 900 Armorlite Drive. Response teams included the San Marcos, Carlsbad and Vista Fire Departments. No injuries have been reported.
With four engine companies, two truck companies, one medic ambulance and two battalion chiefs responding, crews contained the fire within 22 minutes.
The fire’s cause is currently under investigation by the San Marcos Fire Department but it is not considered suspicious. Initial damage to the structure’s contents has been estimated at $400,000 with structural damage of $100,000 for total loss of approximately $500,000.
As the fire’s investigation continues, city staff will be working with the business on temporary relocation possibilities and recovery options.
A small brush fire near the old Waste Treatment Plant (Dump) on San Elijo Road was quickly contained today. About 1/8th of an acre was burned. A 2nd spot fire was also contained in the same area it also burned about an 1/8th of an acre.
San Marcos, Elfin Forest, Carlsbad, and CalFire fire crews all responded quickly! Air support was canceled in route.
The cause of the fires is under investigation.
On Saturday, October 3 from 10 am to 2 pm, San Marcos residents, students, and visitors can attend two free events at neighboring locations—the annual San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) Open House and the “Because I Care” Community Resource Fair.
The annual San Marcos Fire Department Open House will be held at Fire Station No. 1, 180 West Mission Road. Through educational and family-oriented activities, guests can dress up in firefighter gear and practice “Stop, Drop and Roll” while learning the importance of fire safety and emergency preparedness. During the open house, guests will get the chance to tour the fire station, see fire engines and equipment, and learn all about the San Marcos Fire Department.
Directly adjacent to the SMFD Open House, Cal State San Marcos will be hosting their 12th Annual “Because I Care” Community Resource Fair at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 Richmar Avenue. Fair activities include healthy living educational workshops, free blood pressure screening, auditory and balance screenings, and local vendor booths. Children and their guardians are invited to meet inside the Senior Activity Center at 11:30 and 1:30 pm for firefighter story time.
To learn more about the San Marcos Fire Department Open House, call (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410. For more information about the Because I Care Community Resource Fair, please call (760) 744-5535.
A brush fire raced uphill north of the freeway east of Sycamore Avenue near Vista.
READ MORE VIA Source: Brush fire threatened homes near west SR-78 | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
Parents say “we can never make up for all the victims, losses, pain and suffering.”
READ MORE VIA Source: Family of teen who sparked Cocos fire apologizes | UTSanDiego.com
SAN DIEGO – Looking Back at the May 2014 Firestorm: How A Community Showed Thanks to Firefighters Who Saved Their Homes. When the Cocos Fire roared through San Marcos last May, Stephanie Cowan wondered if her San Elijo Hills home would survive the flames. “Its was so scary,” she says remembering that day. “Neighbors were packing their cars as I was driving home. You could see the flames.” After the fire, she says she was overcome with relief and gratitude for the firefighters who saved her home. “Everyone who came back was so thankful that our houses were still here and I just wanted to capture that, express that.” Cowan did capture that emotion by producing a video featuring many of her neighbors thanking firefighters.
Source: Fire families say thank you | San Diego 6 News
Harmony Grove Residents Worry About Fire Evacuation Routes. The community of scattered homes in the hills and valleys of Harmony Grove was hard hit by the Cocos fire in May 2014. The flames burned dozens of homes in the neighborhood on the outskirts of Escondido, wiping out the century-old community of Harmony Grove Spiritualist Center.
Read More Via Source: Harmony Grove Residents Worry About Fire Evacuation Routes | KPBS
14-Year-Old Girl Guilty of Starting Cocos Fire: Judge
The girl faced four felony charges and a misdemeanor.
A 14-year-old girl was convicted Tuesday of starting last year’s devastating Cocos Fire by sparking a small fire in her backyard.
The judge found her guilty of four of the five counts against her, including the one linking her to the Cocos Fire, though the judge said she did not intend to harm anyone. READ & WATCH MORE via 14-Year-Old Girl Guilty of Starting Cocos Fire: Judge | NBC 7 San Diego.
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Investigator: Backyard Flames Do Not Necessarily Translate to Traveling Ember
Testimony continues from a neighbor and investigator in the arson trial of a Southern California teenager
A fire investigator testified Friday the flames started by a girl in her backyard did not necessarily have to create an ember that sparked the Cocos Fire. Here is more reporting on the trial Monday via Investigator: Backyard Flames Do Not Necessarily Translate to Traveling Ember | NBC 7 San Diego.