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A fire that broke out early Wednesday morning at a car dealership near downtown El Cajon required the assistance of fire crews throughout the East County region to tame, but not before it caused approximately $200,000 in damages.

An officer with the El Cajon Police Department was flagged down by an unidentified pedestrian shortly before 1:00 a.m., who pointed to smoke coming from Rock Auto Group on the 400 block of W. Main Street.

After Heartland Fire crews from El Cajon arrived, backup was requested from La Mesa, Santee, and the local CAL FIRE unit. The blaze took about 25 minutes to contain, and damage was limited to the dealership’s service area.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, and all that has been determined at this point is that the flames originated in the service bays near the back of the property.

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A disgruntled customer? Quite likely.

Jan. 31, 2013

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