Police are investigating a “suspicious” fire that damaged the City Heights home of San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and former Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Wednesday.
The fire was reported around 4:30 a.m. at the house near Euclid Avenue, south of University Avenue in City Heights. Neighbors who called 911 said the home appeared to be starting on fire.
Firefighters at the scene believe the fire started in a trash can outside of the family’s house, but the flames quickly spread to the front of the home. Emergency crews helped evacuate Fletcher, Gonzalez, and the family from the house. Firefighters were able to put out the fire before it spread any further. No injuries were reported.
Police told reporters there was a “suspicious nature” to the fire, which started just outside the home. Arson investigators are working to determine what led to the fire. There were no reports of injuries.
Supervisor Fletcher issued the following statement Wednesday morning:
“Our family is safe and for us, that is all that matters. We are grateful for the quick response of the San Diego Fire and Police Department. Around 4:00 am, we were woken up by our smoke alarms. The front of our house was engulfed in flames, but we were able to safely evacuate out another door. San Diego Police Officers were immediately on the scene and the San Diego Fire Department was able to put out the fire and save our home. We are grateful for their efforts.”
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