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Woman hurt in Lakeside brush fire

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LAKESIDE (CBS 8) - One person is hospitalized Sunday and several structures and cars were burned in a brush fire near Interstate 8 that was contained an hour later, a Heartland fire dispatcher said.

Flames first broke out around noon in a brushy area on Hwy 8 Business near Olde Highway 80, east of Los Coches Road in Lakeside.

According to fire officials, at least five structures were damaged or destroyed. One woman with critical burns was transported to UC San Diego Hospital.

When fire crews arrived at the scene, they discovered the woman on the side of the road with critical burns, lying in front of a vegetation area made of a bamboo-style material. 

Immediate air strike teams were ordered, along with hand crews and water tankers. Shortly before 1 p.m. Lakeside Fire confirmed the forward spread of the brush fire had stopped.

Residents who live nearby in a mobile home park reported seeing thick, black smoke and embers blowing overhead.

Lakeside's Fire Chief said, "It's amazing. It's an explosive fire particularly with this material and with the breeze, it spread fast."

Several neighboring structures including trailers and sheds were either damaged or destroyed.

One shop owner said, "It burned the back of the shops. I moved the boats so they couldn't burn."

Both officials and residents say the fire started in a well known homeless encampment.

One witness said, "It's pretty bad...now they're actually really homeless."

Many fear the burn victim had been living in that camp.

Now, they're left praying she makes it and for those who lost property -- "Hopefully, there's something we can do to help families who lost a home."

Sunday power in Lakeside and surrounding communities was shut-off for safety reasons. According to SDG&E, more than 2,000 customers were without power until about 3:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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