Firefighters contain Craftstones fire

Julian Cal Fire Battalion Chief Randy Scales talks with a reporter after the structure fire at Craftstones at 505 Elm St. in Ramona on Saturday. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire or the amount of damage. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson
Julian Cal Fire Battalion Chief Randy Scales talks with a reporter after the structure fire at Craftstones at 505 Elm St. in Ramona on Saturday. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire or the amount of damage. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Firefighters are at the scene of a structure fire at Craftstones at 505 Elm St. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

By Maureen Robertson

Firefighters have extinguished a structure fire at Craftstones in Ramona and were awaiting the arrival of sheriff’s bomb and arson investigators Saturday afternoon to help determine the cause of the blaze. No injuries were reported and a damage estimate is not yet available.

Emergency crews were called to the fire at 505 Elm St. at 11:46 a.m. Saturday, and the soccer fields nearby were evacuated due to the amount of smoke and a concern that chemicals were burning, said sheriff’s Deputy C.M. Martinez. Initial reports were that chemicals were exploding outside the industrial building.

“There were reports of explosions and popping from the rear of the structure,” said Julian Cal Fire Battalion

Chief Randy Scales, incident commander at the fire, explaining there was concern that some of the drums outside the building contained chemicals.

A county health Hazardous Materials team tested materials at the scene and officials determined the chemicals are nontoxic, said Scales.

The fire was fully contained by about 12:40 p.m., Scales said.

Someone from Craftstones arrived and left with a dog that was in the yard. Scales said the dog had been cowering in the corner of the yard. Neither Scales nor Martinez know the name of the person who took the dog that Scales believes may be a chocolate Labrador.

Scales said he is waiting for an inventory list before he can provide a damage estimate. The industrial building is about 10,000 square feet, he said, and firefighters were able to contain the fire so there is no water or structural damage to Craftstones offices.

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Cal Fire Engineer Jason Rainey, left, with the Ramona Fire Department and Julian Cal Fire Battalion Chief Randy Scales review information as they await the arrival of sheriff’s bomb and arson investigators after firefighters contained a fire at Craftstone in Ramona on Saturday afternoon. Scales is the incident commander at the site at 505 Elm St. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Crews from the Ramona Fire Department, Cal Fire, Cleveland National Forest, California Highway Patrol and sheriff’s Ramona substation were among those responding to the fire.

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Fire engines from Cal Fire, Ramona Fire Department, Cleveland National Forest and the county line the 500 block of Elm Street outside Craftstones, the scene of a structure fire on Saturday. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson
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Sheriffamp;#039;s Deputy C.M. Martinez and U.S. Forest Service Battalion Chief John Forster talk at the scene of the Crafstones structure fire on Saturday. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson
   
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