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Red Cross In Carlsbad To Help Poinsettia Fire Victims

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Carlsbad resident Gregory Saksa inspects the remains of his home, destroyed by the Poinsettia fire on Wednesday.

American Red Cross caseworkers will be in Carlsbad Wednesday to help victims of the week-old Poinsettia Fire.

The caseworkers will be available to fire victims in the meeting room at Alga Norte Community Park at 6565 Alicante Road from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the city of Carlsbad. Fire victims were asked to bring valid identification and verification of damage to their homes, if available.

People unable to make the event can contact the Red Cross by calling (858) 309-1338.

The services offered by the Red Cross include temporary shelter, food and health services.

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 million and $15 million. Neighborhoods along Aviara Parkway and Black Rail Road sustained most of the damage, according to Cal Fire.

The fire broke out for unknown reasons amid red flag conditions near Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road a week ago Wednesday 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 of the blaze was asked to call (760) 602-7599.

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