Firefighters control blazes in Mexican border city after two die
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Firefighters said Tuesday they have controlled wind-blown blazes that ran rampant for two days, killing two people and destroying hundreds of homes near the California border.
The fires in Tijuana, Tecate, Ensenada and the nearby countryside were less extensive than those that covered 5,000 acres in neighboring California, but apparently caused far more damage.
Tijuana officials said that more than 80 houses were burned and tens of thousands of families were left without electricity due to line damage caused by the fires.
Lack of power also interrupted pump-fed water lines to some neighborhoods.
The explosion of a refrigerator connected to an illegal, high-voltage line during the fire caused the death of Maria del Refugio Pena, 20. Police said Salvador Sanchez, 37, also died in the fires.
The heaviest damage was to the Nueva Aurora and Terrazas del Valle neighborhoods.
Farther south in Mexico’s Chiapas state near the border with Guatemala, fires Monday charred 990 acres (400 hectares) and burned six homes. No injuries were reported.