Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Residential Structure Fire Displaces Five Residents



Contact: Fire Captain Kenny Yellen, PIO Assigned - Contact # 760-617-6317

Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Dan Harker - 909-384-5401

Incident Date: 04/15/14

Location: 1656 North J Street

Time of the call: 7:15 PM

Number of Units: 5 Engines, 1 Ladder Trucks, 1 Battalion Chief

Number of Firefighters: 18 Firefighters and 1 Chief Officer

Fatalities/Injuries: None

Property Damage: $30,000 structural and finishing

Personal Items: Resident’s belongings extensively damaged or destroyed

Property Saved: 145,000.00

Additional Information:



• Fire Crews were dispatched to multiple reports of a residential structure fire.

• Arriving Firefighters discovered an occupied residence with fire coming from the rear bedroom extending throughout the home.

• Firefighters ensured all occupants safely exited the building and began an aggressive interior fire attack controlling the rapidly advancing fire in just 10 minutes.

• Unfortunately the residents of the home (2 adults, 3 children) were displaced due the damage incurred.

• Red Cross was called to assist with temporary housing and support for the family.

• The cause of the fire is still undetermined and remains under investigation.

*** This was the 3rd working structure fire today for SBFD ***

**SAFETY MESSAGE**



San Bernardino City Firefighters urge all citizens to check batteries in smoke detectors and replace after unit every 10 years.

Smoke Detectors


Firefighter Injured During Vacant Three Alarm Fourplex Fire

Contact: Engineer Mike Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-289-6679
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke - 909-384-5279








Incident Date: 04/15/14
Location:  3465 E 21st Street
Time of the call: 10:46 AM
Number of Units: 12 Engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 3 Battalion Chiefs
Number of Firefighters:   36 Firefighters and 3 Chief Officers
Fatalities/Injuries: One Firefighter suffered possible 2rd degree burns to ear and face. 
Property Damage: $100,000 structural and finishing
Personal Items: Vacant
Property Saved: 500,000.00

Additional Information:
•         Fire Crews were dispatched to multiple reports of a residential structure fire.
•         Arriving Firefighters discovered a two story vacant fourplex with fire coming from the 2nd floor.
•         Firefighters made an aggressive interior fire attack saving the lower floor of the fourplex.
•         Firefighters were able to successfully protect the adjacent occupied fourplexes from the severe radiant heat and also kept the fire confined to the fourplex of origin.
•         The fire was brought under control within 40 minutes and was confined to the upper rear unit of the vacant fourplex.
•         The cause of the fire suspicious and is being investigated by arson investigators.
*** This was the 2nd working structure fire in an 8 hour period for SBFD.  
                                                                  **SAFETY MESSAGE**
San Bernardino City Firefighters urge all citizens to check batteries in smoke detectors and replace after unit every 10 years.
                                                           Smoke Detectors Save Lives

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Firefighters Save Duplex From Kitchen Fire

Contact: Captain Jason Buchanan, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-384-5207
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke - 909-384-5279

Incident Date: 04/29/14
Location: 239 E 16th St.
Time of the call: 3:43 PM

Number of Units: 5 Engines, 1 Ladder Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs
Number of Firefighters:  18 Firefighters and 2 Chief Officers
Fatalities/Injuries: None

Property Damage: $5,000 structural and finishing
Personal Items: $1,000
Property Saved: 200,000.00

Additional Information:
         Fire Crews were dispatched to multiple reports of a residential structure fire.
         Arriving Firefighters discovered a single story occupied duplex with smoke coming from the rear unit.
         Firefighters made an aggressive interior fire attack saving both residential units from complete fire loss.
         Firefighters were able to successfully protect the adjacent unit from the radiant heat and also kept the fire confined to the residence of origin.
         The fire was brought under control within 5 minutes and was confined the kitchen area of the rear duplex.
         The cause of the fire was due to an unattended oven fire.
                                                                  **SAFETY MESSAGE**
San Bernardino City Firefighters urge all citizens to check batteries in smoke detectors and replace after unit every 10 years.
                                                           Smoke Detectors Save Lives

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2 Alarm Residential Structure Fire


Contact: Captain Jason Buchanan, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-384-5207
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Nathan Cooke - 909-384-5279

Incident Date: 03/28/14

Location: 300 Block of S. Pershing
Time of the call: 7:02 PM

Number of Units: 7 Engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs
Number of Firefighters: 27 Firefighters and 2 Chief Officers

Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: $130,000 structural and finishing
Personal Items: $15,000

Additional Information:
·         Fire Crews dispatched to multiple reports of a residential structure fire.
·         Arriving Firefighters discovered single story single family home heavily involved with fire to the rear of the structure and heavy smoke coming from the front door.
·         During firefighter operations interior crews encountered an explosion from a propane cylinder that was located in the rear of the residence.
·         Firefighters were able to successfully protect the adjacent homes from the radiant heat and also kept the fire confined to the residence of origin.
·         The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes and hot-spots fully extinguished for an additional hour.
·         The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

**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.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Rash of structure fires continues in San Bernardino


                                                 
PIO Assigned: Firefighter/Paramedic Marco Tello (909)384-5402
                                                                                             
Date: 03/31/14 

Fire #1                                                 

Location: 5398 N. Wall                                                                  

Injuries: None Reported                                             

Fatalities: None                                              

Property Loss/Damage: $100,000                                             

Property Saved: $150,000                            

Additional information:   
·         Medic Engine 227 arrived within 5 minutes of dispatch to find fire conditions coming from a garage with a guest house built on top of it.
·         Truck Company 224 used rotary saws to gain entry to the garage allowing firefighters to enter and extinguish the fire.
·         The coordinated fire attack contained the fire to the garage preventing the complete loss of the living quarters above and the home owner’s classic vehicle.
·         Arson Investigators are calling the reason for the fire accidental.

Fire #2

Location: 1543 N. “E” St.

Injuries: None

Fatalities: None

Property Loss/damage: $20,000

Property Saved: $350,000

Additional Information:
·         Medic Engine 224 arrived within 4 minutes of dispatch to find a multi-unit single story commercial structure with smoke coming from the front of the building.
·         Upon entry to the building firefighter found an attic fire beginning to grow charging multiple units with smoke.
·         Firefighters from the SBFD quickly knocked down the fire preventing further damage to adjoining units.
·         This was the 5th structure fire in the City of San Bernardino in a 36 hour time period.


In an emergency seconds count! Your San Bernardino Fire Department would like to remind its residents to call 9-1-1 at the first sight or smell of smoke in your home or business.


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

San Bernardino Firefighters Handle Three Structure Fires In 12 Hours

PIO Assigned: Firefighter/Paramedic Marco Tello (909)384-5402                                                                                             
Date: 03/30/14                                                                 

Fire #1
Location: 3475 E. 21st                                                                                                    

Injuries: None Reported                                             

Fatalities: None                                              

Property & Contents Loss/Damage: $10,000                                       

Property Saved:  $190,000           

Additional information:   
·         Firefighters arrived to find fire conditions coming from a boarded up multi-unit apartment complex being occupied by squatters.
·         The fire was handled by a single alarm response and contained to the unit of origin.
·         Arson investigators deemed the fire as intentional/arson.

Fire #2
Location: 2491 N. Windsor

Injuries: None reported

Fatalities: None

Property & Contents Loss/Damage: $25,000

Property Saved: $140,000

Additional Information:
·         Units arrived to find smoke and flame from a single unit of an apartment complex
·         Fire was brought under control within 30 minutes and contained to a single unit.
·         Arson investigators deemed the cause as electrical in nature

Fire #3
Location: 5707 N. Pershing

Injuries: None

Fatalities: None

Property & Contents Loss/Damage:  $35,000

Property Saved: $250,000

Additional Information:
·         First unit on scene found a detached garage well involved with smoke and fire beginning to burn the exterior of the main house.
·         Extra caution was taken due to ammunition rounds exploding within the garage.
·         Truck 224 Forced entry with a rotary saw allowing for complete extinguishment and overhaul of the fire.
·         Arson investigators deemed the fire as accidental.

Statistics have shown that the San Bernardino Fire Department is one of the busiest fire departments in the nation. Though this is not a first for the SBFD this is an extraordinary amount of structural firefighting for any modern day municipal fire department to handle in such a short period of time.  The dedicated men and women of your fire department would like to remind you to always have an escape plan in the event of a fire in your home.
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