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Saturday, April 26, 2014

San Bernardino City Firefighters Battle Vacant Structure Fire


San Bernardino City Fire DepartmentPress Release



Contact: Engineer Mike Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-289-6679
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Mike Bilheimer - 909-384-5279
Incident Date: 04/25/14
Location:  995 S. Washington
Time of the call: 04:19 PM
Number of Units: 5 Engines, 1 Ladder Trucks, 1 Battalion Chiefs
Number of Firefighters:   18 Firefighters and 1 Chief Officer
Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: $100,000 structural and finishing
Personal Items: Vacant
Property Saved: $300,000

Additional Information:
•         Fire Crews were dispatched to multiple reports of a residential structure fire.
•         Arriving Firefighters discovered a vacant residence with heavy fire coming from the rear
•         Firefighters fought the fire on two fronts, the actual structure itself and a field to the rear of the structure that was burning and threatening to spread to surrounding occupied residences.
•         Firefighters were able to successfully protect 2 adjacent structures from the severe radiant heat and also kept the fire confined to the structure of origin.  One of those residences was occupied while the other was vacant.
•         The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes. Mop up continued for another 3 hours.
•         The cause of the fire suspicious and is being investigated by arson investigators.

                                                                 
**SAFETY MESSAGE**
Please report any suspicious activity in and around vacant boarded-up structures to local law enforcement.

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