Sunday, March 18, at about 12:54 p.m. the Escondido Police and Fire Communications center received a report of a possible structure fire in the area of 7th/Escondido Bl. Escondido Police officers arrived on scene in the area and reported that there was a fire at the Iglesias Bautista Fundamental Church at 221 W 7th av.
According to Battalion Chief Mike Bertrand officers ensured that the building had been evacuated, as church services had just concluded, and confirmed that the fire was located in a second floor classroom. Escondido fire units arrived on scene and were able to contain the fire to the room of origin and had the fire controlled within 8 minutes. In all five engines, one truck, one ambulance, two Battalion Chiefs and a fire investigator responded to the fire.
During the investigation it was determined that two juveniles started the fire with a lighter that they found in the classroom.
There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.