SPRING VALLEY (CNS) - A transient who had created a makeshift home inside a big-rig trailer being used as an advertisement at an East County intersection was found dead Wednesday after flames tore through the cargo hauler.
The blaze at the corner of Jamacha and Sweetwater Springs boulevards in Spring Valley erupted shortly after noon, Leonard Villarreal, spokesman for San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District, said.
It took crews about 10 minutes to subdue the flames, after which they found the man unconscious inside the scorched trailer, Villarreal said.
Medics performed CPR on the unidentified victim at the scene before taking him to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, where he was pronounced dead.
A sheriff's deputy who was among the first public-safety personnel at the scene of the fire was transported to the same trauma center for treatment of smoke inhalation, according to Villarreal.
Sheriff's bomb-arson personnel were called in to determine the cause of the blaze, which is standard in cases involving serious injuries or extensive monetary losses from fires in unincorporated communities.
The burned trailer had been parked at the road crossing along with another one to advertise a construction company via logos painted on them, the spokesman said.
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