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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

San Bernardino: Suspicious fire destroys one home and damages a second

San Bernardino City Fire Press Release
Suspicious fire destroys one home and damages a second

Basic Information: Posted: 24 Jul 2012 04:00 PM PDT
Contact: Firefighter Marco Tello, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-384-5402
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Mike Bilheimer- Contact # 909-384-5286
Incident Date: 7/23/12
Location: 620 W. 9th Street
Time of the call: 2117
Number of Units: 8 Engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 1 Air Light, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 2 Arson Investigators
Number of Firefighters: 32 Firefighters and 2 Chief Officers
Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: $250,000 structural and $10,000 contents

Additional Information: Arriving Firefighters discovered a well involved two story residence with fire establishing itself in an adjacent garage. 
  • Fire suppression crews arrived on scene within four minutes 
  • The rapid response of the first on scene fire crews and their aggressive fire attack proved to be critical in successfully stopping the fire from spreading through the adjacent home 
  • The fire was brought under control within 5 minutes, however overhaul of the structure took an additional 1.5 hours due to concealed spaces in the structure 
  • The cause of the fire is still under investigation but has been labeled suspicious in nature. 
San Bernardino City Firefighters urge all citizens to report dangerous property conditions to the Fire Prevention Bureau or city Code Enforcement immediately upon recognition.

California Fire News 2012 

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