Escondido, CA

Lake resort café damaged by fire

Firefighters from multiple agencies made short work of a fire at the popular resort cafe overlooking Lake Wohlford.

On Friday morning, January 19 at 12:23 a.m. a 911 caller reported a commercial fire alarm sounding at Smokey’s Lake Wohlford Café, which overlooks Lake Wohlford.

A full first alarm was dispatched by NorthComm for Valley Center Fire, San Pasqual Reservation Fire, Escondido Fire, and Rincon Reservation Fire Units.

Fire units found smoke issuing from the structure.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and contain its spread to the cafe office. Firefighters were on scene for three hours.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Valley Center Fire Protection District Investigators.

The owner was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors and an external alarm bell.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

Damage was estimated to be $5,000 dollars in content and structural loss.  The café will reportedly reopen this week.

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