Fire damages Care-A-Van

A recreational vehicle that serves as the Care-A-Van to provide medical services to students was severely damaged in a fire Wednesday afternoon.

According to the campus sheriff’s office, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department security officer on routine patrol just before 2 p.m. smelled smoke. On further investigation, he spotted white smoke coming from the Care-A-Van, which was parked on a sidewalk in the campus center just east of the SC1 Building.

Two engine companies were sent to the scene. No one was in the locked vehicle at the time of the fire. A preliminary estimate by firefighters indicates the vehicle sustained $40,000 damage.

Cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appears to have started in or near a refrigeration or air conditioning unit.

The Care-A-Van is operated by the Antelope Valley Community Clinic and is under contract with the college district to provide medical services.