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Residents show appreciation for first responders during wildfires

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CARLSBAD (CNS) - A "community appreciation" event is scheduled Saturday for residents and first responders who were affected by the recent Poinsettia Fire.

Residents will be able to express their gratitude to firefighters and other public safety officials who responded to the blaze, and get a close-up looked at the equipment used.

The event is set to start at 10 a.m. at the Carlsbad Safety Training Center, 5750 Orion St.

The Poinsettia Fire blackened 600 acres and destroyed or significantly damaged eight single-family homes, two multi-family apartment buildings, two commercial buildings and one trailer. Three single-family homes sustained minor damage.

The structural monetary losses were estimated at between $10- and $15 million. Neighborhoods along Aviara Parkway and Black Rail Road sustained most of the damage, according to Cal Fire.

The fire started for unknown reasons amid red flag conditions near Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road 17 days ago and may be to blame for a transient's death.

While checking for hot spots in a location known to have been used as a transient encampment in the vicinity of Ambrosia Lane and Calliandra Road, crews discovered a badly burned body, authorities said. The victim's name and cause of death remained under investigation.

The Carlsbad Police Department has established a "hotline" for tips about the Poinsettia Fire. Anyone with information about the possible origin is asked to call (760) 602-7599.

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