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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. 
**SAFETY MESSAGE**
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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