Contributed by Joe Fanaselle
A structure fire resulted in $24,000 worth of damage in the garage of a Murrieta home Thursday evening, fire officials said.
According to Murrieta Fire Department Battalion Chief Pat Jennings, four fire engines and a ladder truck responded to the fire at 8:15 p.m. in the 30000 block of Pearl Drive in Murrieta, just west of Alta Murrieta Road.
The first arriving engine reported that the fire had been knocked down by the homeowner with a garden hose and two of the responding fire engines were canceled.
It took ten firefighters to stop the spread of the fire and keep it contained to the garage of the residence, Murrieta Fire Department spokesman Matt Corelli said.
Officials said that an initial investigation into the cause of the fire points to the homeowner charging batteries for a remote-control car on top of the dryer in the garage, which is where the fire started.
According to Battalion Chief Jennings, the dryer was not plugged in when the fire began.
An investigation into another Murrieta structure fire on Jan. 24 is looking into the possibility that similar battery-charging equipment caused the blaze that destroyed the home’s garage.