Thursday, September 18, 2014

Arson Suspected in Large Commercial Fire


Contact: Captain Ben Alexander, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909 384-5403
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Grant Hubbell- 909-384-5401
Incident Date: 09/17/14
Location:  1248 N Waterman Ave
Time of the call: 09:16 AM
Number of Units: 10 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 2 Battalion Chiefs
Number of Firefighters:   33 Firefighters and 3 Chief Officers
Fatalities/Injuries:  None
Property Damage: $225,000.00 structural and finishing
Property Saved:

Additional Information:
• Fire Crews were dispatched to a large commercial structure fire.
• Arriving Firefighters discovered a 2-story vacant commercial building fully involved in    fire.
• A second alarm was ordered along with 2 additional units to help fight the fire.
• Firefighters were able to control the fire within an hour of arrival on scene.
• Arson investigators have determined the fire to be suspicious in nature and have taken two individuals into custody for questioning.         

                                                        
**SAFETY MESSAGE**


Due to increased ambient temperatures, San Bernardino City Firefighters urge all citizens to be vigilant and immediately report fires via the 911 system.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Second Vegetation Fire with Extreme Potential, Quickly Extinguished in the Period of One Week


  • Contact: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke 909-260-1257
  • Incident Date: 09/12/2014
  • Location: HWY 330 north of Highland Ave
  • Time of call: 6:02 am
  • Number of Units: 3- Medic Engines, 5- Brush Engines, 1-Water Tender, 3- Battalion Chiefs
  • Injuries: 0
  • The San Bernardino City Fire Department along with allied agencies (USFS and the City of Highland) responded to a vegetation fire at 6:02 am. The fire was burning in a drainage just east of HWY 330 and north of Highland Ave. Firefighters had a difficult time gaining access to the fire due to the steep terrain in and around the area. Due to the collaborative and aggressive efforts of all agencies involved, the fire was held to approximately ½ acre.
  • Arson Investigators from the San Bernardino City Fire Department’s Specialized Investigation Bureau were able to determine that the fire was caused by a homeless person that was recklessly burning a camp fire. The area where the fire burned was being used by a homeless encampment that was occupied by at least a dozen homeless persons.
  • A similar fire was extinguished by the San Bernardino City Fire Department on 09/05/14 north of Wildwood Park near Waterman Ave and 40th Street. Both incidents were the result of fires that were recklessly started near homeless encampments and posed an extreme threat to Forest Service land and homes in and around the wildland interface areas of the City of San Bernardino.
  • ****Safety Message**** Please ensure that any suspicious or illegal activity in or around homeless encampments is reported to the Police Department.

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    Second Suspicious Fire at Same Location in Less Than Ten Hours


  • Contact: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke 909-260-1257 Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Dan Harker
  • Incident Date: 09/07/2014
  • Location: 643 W. Baseline
  • Time of call: 6:33 am
  • Number of Units: 5- Medic Engines, 1- Ladder Truck, 2- Battalion Chiefs
  • Injuries: 0
  • The San Bernardino City Fire Department responded to a structure fire directly behind Groove Time Records located at 643 W. Baseline for the second time in less than nine hours. First arriving units found the same double wide trailer that had just burned the evening before, well involved in fire. Firefighters quickly contained the fire and had it extinguished within 5 minutes.
  • Fire personnel have determined that the fire was most likely intentionally set. The investigation is ongoing and Arson Investigators are following up on leads in order to identify any potential suspects involved with both suspicious fires.
  • ****Safety Message****
  • Please ensure that any suspicious or illegal activity in or around vacant buildings is reported to the Police Department.
  • Saturday, September 6, 2014

    San Bernardino City Fire Department Saves Groove Time Records from Trailer Fire Next Door

    • Contact: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke 909-260-1257 Incident Commander: Nathan Cooke
    • Incident Date: 09/06/2014
    • Location: 643 W. Baseline
    • Time of call: 9:01 pm
    • Number of Units: 5- Medic Engines, 1- Ladder Truck, 2- Battalion Chiefs
    • Injuries: 0
    • The San Bernardino City Fire Department responded to a structure fire directly behind Groove Time Records located at 643 W. Baseline. First arriving units found a double wide trailer fully involved with fire. The fire briefly threatened to extend to the Groove Time Records building located next to the trailer. Firefighters quickly contained the fire and had it extinguished within 10 minutes. Bystanders alerted fire personnel to the fact that prior drug activity and prostitution has been known take place in the trailer in the past. Therefore, firefighters conducted a search and rescue operation in order to ensure that no victims were trapped inside. No victims were located. The San Bernardino City Fire Department’s Specialized Investigations Bureau responded to the scene and determined the fire to be suspicious in nature. No suspects have been identified.
    • ****Safety Message****
    • Please ensure that any suspicious or illegal activity in or around vacant buildings is reported to the Police Department.

    San Bernardino City Fire Department Frees Victim From Car Crash With Jaws of Life

    The San Bernardino City Fire Department responded to a two car traffic collision at Mt. Vernon and Baseline at 08:25 am on 09/06/14. When firefighters arrived at the scene they found a total of three patients, two of them were in critical condition. One of the critical patients was a pedestrian that was struck by one of the vehicles involved in the initial collision. The second patient in stable condition was the driver of one of the vehicles that collided in the intersection. The third patient that was in critical condition was trapped in the driver's seat of a 4-door compact passenger car. Firefighters assigned to the Ladder Truck and Heavy Rescue companies used the "Jaws of Life" and specialized extrication equipment to free the patient from the vehicle. All three patients were treated by San Bernardino City Fire Department Paramedics and were transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. ****Safety Message**** Always wear your seat belts, they save lives!

    Brush Fire in Homeless Encampment Threatens Nearby Homes

    Contact: Captain Kenny Yellen, PIO Assigned 760-617-6317
    Incident Commander: Chief Dan Harker 909-384-5401
    Incident Date: 09/05/2014
    Location: Wildwood Park , 364 E 40th Street. (See Map)
    Time of call: 12:55 PM
    Number of Units: Nine SB City Fire Units with assistance from surrounding agencies.
    Injuries: None
    Property Damage: None

    Additional Information:
    • Fire Crews were dispatched to brush fire above Wildwood Park.
    • Arriving Firefighters found a fire in a homeless encampment quickly spreading to the surrounding vegetation.
    • Firefighters quickly deployed hose lines to gain control and limit fire spread.
    • Firefighters stopped forward progress of fire before homes were threatened.
    • Additional fire units worked quickly to set up control lines to contain the perimeter of the fire.
    •  Fire grew to roughly 1 acre with full containment achieved in approximately 2 hours.
    •  Arson investigators have labeled this fire suspicious in nature.
                         **SAFETY MESSAGE** 
     
    Due to increased ambient temperatures and dry vegetation throughout the City, San Bernardino City Firefighters urge all citizens to be vigilant and immediately report fires via the 911 system.
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