VALLEY CENTER - A Terra-Gen's battery power and storage plant commercial fire in Valley Center on Monday, Sept. 18, prompted an evacuation. The fire started around 5:15 p.m. at a building at Valley Center Road and Vesper Road, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
An evacuation center was established at Valley Center High School. Evacuation and shelter-in-place orders were lifted around 8:30 p.m., and all roads in the area affected by the fire were reopened, sheriff's officials said.
Regarding the Valley Center fire at Terra-Gen's battery power plant facility, according to Terra-Gen's media contact Amy Roth, the battery bank that was on fire is part of their energy storage facility that has a contractual relationship with SDG&E. She confirmed that the batteries are Lithium-Ion.
It's unclear what may have sparked the fire. The cause of the fire is under Investigation.
City News Service contributed to this story.