Friday, July 3, 2015

Female Rescued from a Structure Fire by San Bernardino City Firefighters

Contact: Captain Mike Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-289-6679
Incident Commander:  Battalion Chief Novinger
Incident Date: 07/02/15
Location:  3064 N. Stoddard
Time of the call: 2:45 PM
Number of Units: 8 Engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Deputy Chief
Number of Firefighters:  33 Firefighters and 3 Chiefs
Fatalities/Injuries: 1 female rescued and transported to hospital, 1 firefighter injured
Property Damage: Unknown
Personal Items: Unknown
Property Saved: Unknown

Additional Information:
•         Fire Crews were dispatched to reports of a grass fire in a backyard
•         Arriving Firefighters discovered that the fire was entering the house and a female adult was trapped inside the house
•         The crew was dressed in brush gear because the initial call was for a brush fire so the crew entered the home to rescue the female victim without proper structure gear
•         Firefighters were able to successfully rescue the victim and transport her to a local hospital
•         Firefighters were faced with HOARDER conditions throughout the house, which impeded access to the fire.
•         Crews were evacuated at one point because there was a partial collapse of the roof.
·               There was also a small explosion in the backyard and a warning that ammunition was on the 2nd floor.
·      Multiple firefighters suffered minor heat exhaustion
·      Homes on both sides of the affected structure were successfully protected
·      Medic Truck 221 received damage to a window from a rock thrown at it while parking at the fire.  A police report was taken but no individual was found.
·      Investigators determined that the fire was started in the back yard from arcing at the electrical panel which caused the grass and hoarded items to catch fire.


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sterling Fire 95% Contained

The Sterling Fire is currently at 95% containment this morning and will be in patrol status by this evening.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sterling Fire Deemed Arson

If you were in the area of Sterling and Foothill yesterday when the fire started between 6pm and 6:20pm and saw any suspicious activity,  please Contact SBFD Arson Investigator Ray @ (909) 880-2137.

Photo Courtesy - PIO Arvizo SBFD

Sterling Fire Update as of 1pm

PIO - Captain Mike Arvizo SBFD (909) 289-6679

Cause of fire is deemed arson.  Arson investigators are still on scene.
The fire is approximately 75% contained
50 personnel on scene mopping up hotspots and putting containment line around burn
Fire will be fully contained by tomorrow morning 6/27 and then be placed in patrol status
No structures lost
100 acres

Sterling Fire Updated Info as of 0830

50% containment
100 acres
45-50 personnel
No containment time yet

Photo Courtesy Mike Arvizo - SBFD

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Large Outdoor Fire Contained Before Neighborhood Structures Were Ignited

Contact: Captain Mike Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-289-6679
Incident Commander: Deputy Fire Chief Tom Hannemann - 909-384-5279
Incident Date: 05/31/15
Location:  1955 E Cooley Drive
Time of the call: 4:12 PM
Number of Units: 6 Engines, 1 Battalion Chief (SBFD), 1 Battalion Chief (Redlands)
Number of Firefighters:  18 Firefighters and 2 Chief Officers from San Bernardino & Redlands
Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: Unknown
Personal Items: Unknown
Property Saved: 550,000 in structures

Additional Information:
•         Fire Crews were dispatched to multiple reports of a structure fire in the 1900 block of Cooley Drive on the South End of town.
•         Arriving Firefighters discovered multiple large sheds and multiple large antique items involved in fire. 
•         The neighborhood directly East of the yard was initially threatened and a spot fire two houses down was extinguished before it was able to spread.
•         Firefighters were able to successfully protect the adjacent neighborhood and kept the fire confined to the affected yard.
•         The fire was brought under control within 35 minutes.  Crews were on scene another 1 1/2 hours mopping up hot spots.
•         The cause of the fire was undetermined at the time of this press release.