Friday, May 22, 2015

Family Displaced After Apartment Fire





Contact: Captain Mike Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-289-6679
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Jeff Novinger - 909-384-5401
Incident Date: 05/22/15
Location:  3600 N Mountain Street
Time of the call: 11:32 AM
Number of Units: 8 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 2 Battalion Chiefs
Number of Firefighters:  27 Firefighters, 2 Chief Officers
Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: Unknown loss
Personal Items: Unknown loss
Property Saved: Multiple units surrounding the structure

Additional Information:
 •        Arriving Firefighters found one upstairs bathroom involved in fire in a two story condo style apartment.
•          The fire traveled up a wall into the attic space of the multi unit building.
•          The affected apartment was vacant and was being renovated at the time.
·               Surrounding units were evacuated because of possible fire spread.
·               One neighboring unit suffered damage to its adjoining bathroom and laundry room.
·               The fire was brought under control within 35 minutes. Mop up continued for another hour.
•         The cause of the fire was deemed accidental.


Vacant Apartment Burns


Contact: Captain Mike Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-289-6679
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Dan Harker - 909-384-5401
Incident Date: 05/22/15
Location:  3005 N Golden Ave
Time of the call: 07:43 AM
Number of Units: 5 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 2 Battalion Chiefs
Number of Firefighters:  18 Firefighters, 2 Chief Officers
Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: Unknown loss
Personal Items: Unknown loss
Property Saved: Boarded up apartment complex adjacent to the affected structure

Additional Information:
 •        One single fire engine was dispatched to a ‘smoke in the area’ call.
•          A fire was found in a vacant boarded up single unit detached apartment.  Transient activity was noted in the structure.
•          A full structure assignment was requested for extinguishment
·               A nearby vacant apartment complex was also threatened.
·               The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes with no damage to the adjacent structure. Mop up continued for another hour and a half.
•         The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wildfire Awareness Week - May 3-9

San Bernardino City Fire Department
Press Release


Contact: Battalion Chief Michael Bilheimer ‐ (951) 532‐9872
Date: May 2, 2015

Wildfire Awareness Week
May 3-9, 2015


The likelihood of wildfire threatens San Bernardino every year. This year, warmer and drier weather conditions as well as a lack of rain have continued to make matters even worse. To ensure that residents are ready, the Governor of California has declared the first week of May “Wildfire Awareness Week”. During the week of May 3-9, the San Bernardino Fire Department will be emphasizing more than usual, the need for residents and community leaders to develop, improve and implement wildfire preparedness plans.

Within the City of San Bernardino are approximately 19 square miles of wild land urban interface. These are areas of the city where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildland fire. The San  Bernardino Fire Department, along with other fire agencies throughout the state, have adopted the Ready, Set, Go!program to educate individuals living in high risk wildland fire areas, how to best
prepare themselves against wildfire threats.

Fire often catches people unprepared. Ready, Set, Go! is an easy process for residents to learn and remember the need to Ready themselves and property before a fire starts, have a Set plan before the need to evacuate, and acting on the plan when it is time to Go!

For more information on preparing for wildfire,

visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org

Friday, May 1, 2015

Wind Whipped Fire Spreads Over City Block



                            San Bernardino City Fire Department
    Press Release
    

PIO Assigned:                        Captain Mike Arvizo (909)289-6679
                                                                       
Follow up Info:                      Battalion Commanders (909) 384-5279 (909) 384-5401

Date:                                       April 30, 2015

Location:                                1200 Block Sierra Way, City of San Bernardino                            
Time of the call:                     17:07hrs

Number of Units:                  12 Engines, 3 Trucks, 4 Battalion Commanders (all SBFD resources)

Number of Firefighters:       50 Firefighters

Additional information:

·         Emergency Dispatchers received numerous 911 reports of a fire located to the rear of 1228 N Sierra Way.
·         San Bernardino Fire Department Companies arrived on scene within minutes to find heavy smoke and fire inside several garage units rapidly spreading to multiple residential dwellings.  Additional second alarm fire companies were requested as moderate gusty winds spread embers throughout a 2 block radius.
·         Firefighters quickly extinguished the heavily involved garage units, while additional firefighters worked to keep spot fires throughout the neighborhood from spreading further.  Due to aggressive efforts, many homes in the neighborhood were spared.
·         No civilian or fire personnel injuries were reported.  Three families received aid from Red Cross for shelter.
·         Damage to all involved dwellings was still being assessed at the time of this press release posting.
·         Fire investigators remained on scene searching for the undetermined cause as additional firefighters continued with extensive mop up.  
  
**END**                                                                              
The San Bernardino Fire Department would like to remind you to periodically check your home smoke detectors and replace their batteries every 6 months.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Structure Fire Injures Resident


PIO Assigned: Captain Rodd Mascis (909) 630-3969

Follow up Info: Battalion Commander (909) 384-5279 or (909) 384-5401 

Date: April 25, 2015 

Location: 3071 N “D” Street, City of San Bernardino 

Time of the call: 15:26hrs 

Number of Units: 5 Engines, 1Truck, 2 Battalion Commanders 

Number of Firefighters: 20 Firefighters 

Property Value: 150k 

Property Loss/Damage: 50k 

Additional information: 

  • Emergency Dispatchers received a 911 call from the resident stating her living room was on fire. 
  • San Bernardino Fire Department Companies arrived on scene within minutes to find heavy smoke inside the home with the resident suffering from burns to her face. 
  • Firefighters and Fire Paramedics began treating the injured resident while additional Firefighters were faced with severe hoarding conditions inside the residence making the fire attack extremely hazardous. 
  • Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the front room of the residence and under control within 15 minutes. 
  • The homeowner suffered first degree burns to her face and transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. 
  • San Bernardino Fire Department personnel remained on the scene for the extensive mop up. The fire’s cause had yet to be determined at the time of this posting. 

**END** 

The San Bernardino Fire Department would like to remind you to periodically check your home smoke detectors and replace their batteries every 6 months 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Suspicious Fire Damages Home




Contact: Captain Jason Serrano, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-384-5402
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Grant Hubbell 909-384-5401

Incident Date: 03/31/15

 Location: 1714 N. Pershing Ave (view map)
Time of the call: 0339hrs

Number of Units: 2 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Battalion Chief
Number of Firefighters: 9 Firefighters and 1 Chief Officer

Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: $20,000 structural
Property Saved: $50,000

Additional Information:
  • Fire Crews dispatched to a report of smoke and fire coming from a residential structure.
  • Arriving Firefighters discovered a detached garage behind a single-family home fully-involved with fire and spreading to surrounding debris and vegetation.
  • Firefighters protected an adjacent occupied structure threatened by radiant heat and flames.
  • Fire Crews quickly extinguished the contents and collapsed roof structure of the garage.
  • The fire was brought under control within 10 minutes of arriving on-scene.
  • The cause of the fire is still under investigation but has been labeled suspicious in nature. The property was an abandoned home and no one was displaced as a result of the blaze.
  • Arson Investigators questioned 3 individuals that were detained by SBPD for questioning. The individuals were seen leaving the property shortly after the fire was reported. No arrests have been made.
  • This was the third suspicious fire at this particular address in the last 6 months.

**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.