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Saturday, January 15, 2011

San Bernardino City Fire: 3 People Die in Early Morning Electrical Accident

San Bernardino City Fire Press Release
3 People Die in Early Morning Electrical Accident

Incident Date: 1/14/11
Location: 5400 Block of N. Acacia
Time of the call: 0546
First Unit on the scene: Medic Engine 225
Number of Units: 3 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Chief Officer
Number of Firefighters: 14
Fatalities: 3 Citizens

Additional Information:
* Fire Crews dispatched to a report of 3 persons electrocuted at a residence in the 5400 Block of Acacia
* Arriving Firefighters advised by 17 y/o female resident that her parents and brother were injured and collapsed in the back yard
* Firefighters discovered 3 persons laying on ground in back yard in contact with an actively arcing high voltage power-line
* Scene deemed unsafe to perform a rescue while victims in contact with arcing power-line
* Firefighters secured remaining family members and secured the scene until power company arrival
* All victims unfortunately seccumb to their injuries sustained

San Bernardino City Firefighters urge all citizens to treat any downed utility lines as if they are dangerous and energized. Please keep your distance and dial 911.

Distributed By: PIO Jason Serrano 909-384-5207
Contact: Captain Mike Bilheimer, PIO Assigned - Contact # 951-532-9872

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