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Friday, January 24, 2014

CA-SBFD Suspicious Fire Destroys Business in Strip Mall #CaFire

Posted: 23 Jan 2014 04:25 PM PST

 Contact:                     Engineer Mike Arvizo  - PIO                                                                                                        

Contact Number:      (909) 289-6679                       

Date:                          January 23, 2014                   

Location:                    2715 W. Foothill Blvd

Time of the call:      0518 hours.   First unit on scene 0522 hours

First Unit on the scene:       ME229

Number of Units:                  10 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 BC’s

Number of Firefighters:      41

Injuries:                                 None                                      Fatalities:                   None

Property Loss/Damage:        Undetermined                      Contents Loss:            Unknown

Property Saved:                    Undetermined

Additional information:      

  • First arriving unit encountered one unit of a multi-unit strip mall heavily involved in fire.
  • Multiple alarms were dispatched when the nearby fire station crew saw heavy flames from the structure as they pulled out of the station.
  • Flames threatened to spread to the rest of the businesses in the multi-unit L shaped strip mall.
  • Aggressive firefighting tactics helped extinguish the involved unit and save the rest of the businesses in the strip mall.  The unit just to the west of the affected unit suffered water and smoke damage during the firefight.
  • The cause of the fire is suspicious in nature and is currently under investigation by SBFD arson investigators working in conjunction with the ATF and SBPD detectives.
  • SBFD personnel have responded to 17 working structure fires in 22 days.



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