Homeless Woman Briefly Detained at La Mesa Brush Fire Scene

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Brush fire in south La Mesa near state Routes 125 and 94. Photo via OnScene TV

A fire blackened about an acre Tuesday on a brushy hillside near the junction of state Route 94 and state Route 125 in south La Mesa, near Lemon Grove.

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A homeless woman seen fleeing the area as the blaze began spreading was detained by sheriff’s deputies for questioning, Saghera said.

A sheriff’s spokesman told Times of San Diego that the woman was later transferred to the La Mesa Police Department.

La Mesa police Lt. Chad Bell said the woman was released, and no arrests have been made.

“She was never brought to the station,” Bell said.

The non-injury blaze began spreading off Grove and High streets in La Mesa shortly before 1:30 p.m., said Sonny Saghera, spokesman for Heartland Fire & Rescue.

It took firefighters about a half-hour to contain the flames, which never posed any structural threats.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation in the late afternoon.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

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