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Firefighters Believe Faulty Lithium Battery Caused Commercial Fire in Escondido

CrimeFirefighters Believe Faulty Lithium Battery Caused Commercial Fire in Escondido

Emergency vehicles outside a fire station in EscondidoEmergency vehicles outside a fire station in Escondido. Courtesy Escondido Fire Department

Fire crews returning to their station early Sunday spotted heavy smoke coming from the roof of a North County commercial building on Auto Park Way, officials said.

At 1:30 a.m., Escondido Fire Department crews located and contained a fire in about 20 minutes at the TransPower building at 2415 Auto Park Way.

The smoldering fire produced thick, toxic smoke, which activated the smoke alarm but did not cause the sprinkler system to discharge, said Battalion Chief Jeff Sargis of the EFD.

Firefighters determined the cause to be a large lithium ion battery pack. They removed the pack and cleared the smoke from the building, Sargis said.

There were no reports of injuries.

Nine fire engines, two truck companies, two rescue ambulances and three battalion chiefs responded to the fire.

Escondido police closed roads. The San Marcos, Rancho Santa Fe and Vista fire departments also assisted the EFD.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

– City News Service

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