Monday, July 13, 2015

Fire Damages Large Shed and Spreads to Home


PIO Assigned:            Captain Mike Arvizo    (909) 289-6679
                                     Captain Rodd Mascis   (909) 630-3969
Follow up Info:            Battalion Commander (909) 384-5279 or (909) 384-5401

Date:                              July 13, 2015

Location:                       227 W 10th Street, City of San Bernardino                                    

Time of the call:            10:02 am

Number of Units:          5 Engines, 1Truck, 1 Battalion Commander

Number of Firefighters:      19 Firefighters

Property Value:                    $300,000

Property Loss/Damage:        $54,000

Additional information:
·      Emergency Dispatchers received 911 calls from the residents reporting a fire in the backyard.
·      San Bernardino Fire Department Companies arrived on scene within minutes to find heavy smoke and fire consuming a detached shed / storage unit rapidly spreading to the roof and inside the attic of a converted resident living quarter. 
·      Firefighters were able to quickly attack the main exterior fire while aggressively entering the residence, extinguishing the attic fire and halting its further spread.
·      Nearby homes on all sides of the property were saved by firefighters working rapidly to gain control and keep the fire contained to the affected property.
·      The fire was under control within 20 minutes after the arrival of the San Bernardino Fire Department.
·      No civilian or fire personnel injuries were reported.
·      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.   


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

Friday, July 10, 2015

Local Restaurant Damaged During Structure Fire

Contact: Captain Mike Arvizo, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-289-6679
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Bob Evans - 909-384-5401
Incident Date: 07/10/15
Location:  1435 E. Highland Ave
Time of the call: 08:24 PM
Number of Units: 5 Engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs
Number of Firefighters:  22 Firefighters, 2 Chief Officers
Fatalities/Injuries: 1 Passerby Suffered Minor Injuries
Property Damage: $100,000.00
Personal Items: Unknown loss
Property Saved: $300,000 to affected restaurant and attached neighboring building

Additional Information:
 •        Arriving Firefighters found flames coming from roof and heavy smoke inside building.
•          The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes but caused extensive damage to the kitchen area.
•          The affected business was closed at the time.
·               A passerby suffered cuts to his hand attempting to break windows to make sure there was no one inside.
·               One attached business was saved due to rapid extinguishment of the fire.
•          The cause of the fire was deemed accidental but is still being investigated.

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.


                                                           Smoke Detectors Save Lives

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