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Friday, November 23, 2012

SBFD: House Fire With Hoarder Conditions

 Residential Structure Fire Displaces Two on Thanksgiving Eve

PIO assigned: Firefighter/Paramedic Marco Tello
Contact: George Avery, Battalion Chief- (909) 214-0482 
Date: 11/21/12
Location: 1257 West Poplar
Time of the call: 2146 hours
First Units on scene: Medic Engine 230 and Battalion 605 

Number of Units: 8 Engines, 2 Trucks, and 2 Chief Officers 
Number of Firefighters: 30
Injuries: 1 Smoke Inhalation victim
Fatalities: None
Structural Loss/Damage: $60,000
Contents Loss: $3,000
Property Saved: $20,000 

Additional information:

  • San Bernardino Dispatchers received multiple calls for a residential structure fire
  • San Bernardino Fire arrived on scene to find a single story residential structure with heavy smoke and fire.
  • Initial suppression efforts were impeded by excessive personal belongings on the property that required extensive overhaul.
  • Firefighters were able to protect the adjacent homes from the well involved structure fire. 
  • Two residents were displaced as a result of the damage to the structure. Red Cross was called to assist with temporary housing.
  • One of the residents was treated by SBFD firefighter/ paramedics and transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation related injuries.
  • SBFD Arson Investigators are investigating the cause of the fire.
Please make sure all smoke detectors are in operating condition.


Source: San Bernardino City Fire Department

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