News Update!!: Needles, CA: San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain presented a report on the residential structure fire.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain presented a report on the residential structure fire.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain presented a 41 page report titled, “B.D.C. Incident #15-38304” during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California which talked about the residential structure fire that happened on I Street near West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California on Saturday, June 13th, 2015.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain spoke about the time they got the response to the fire and the timeline they said is what happened.

According to the report read by San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain, “On June 13th, 2015 at 12:53:16 PM, San Bernardino County Fire Department’s regional communications center received the first of several 911 calls related to a structure fire on I St near Broadway, described as an “Abandoned House.” The physical address of the initial fire building would later be determined to be 202 “I” Street. Also noted in the call at 12:54:22, from the initial caller was that “Smoke and Flames from out of the windows.” County Fire Dispatched the following assignment at 12:54:13: E31, BP31, E18, UT31, BC137, Mohave Valley Fire contacted to verify response at 12:57:24″.

The report continues, being read by San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain, “E31 (Engine 31) was responding while returning from a call in the Essex area of a female motorcycle T/C victim with life threatening injuries (Goffs Rd/I-40). The Engine Captain reports that his location is Mountain Springs Rd/I-40. BP31 (Brush Patrol 31) had been training in the City of Needles and was about to pull into the County Yard on Airport Rd when the call was dispatched. They were still within the Needles City limits at the time of the call.”

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain then discussed about the weather conditions of that day as being very hot that day and in the report states that, “The weather at the time was 105 degrees with winds from the south at approximately 5 mph, with moderate relative humidity.”

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain then discussed in the report about the radio traffic and timeline of that day which the report lists and states the following:

– 12:54:50 the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department arrived and reported “Fully Involved-No Occupants.”

– 12:57:25 the on scene deputy requested an ETA from Fire. Simultaneously, BP31 was reporting “a large header” showing from the incident.

– 13:04:15 BP31 reports that “a 2nd structure is involved.”

– 13:07:20 BC805 and E821 are confirmed enroute to assist.

– 13:07:49 BP31 reporting “a possible 3rd structure involved.”

– 13:09:43 Per the deputy on scene, “Fire has spread to 1207 W. Broadway and transformer is sparking.”

– 13:10:03 BP31 assumes “I St” Command (I/C), updating that 3 structures are now involved.

– 13:10:14 Responding Battalion Chief (BC137) orders a second alarm to the incident

– 13:10:39 I/C requests gas and electric companies. “Unable to make access to the 3rd structure due to arching lines.”

– 13:10:58 I/C reports E821 on scene.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain then discussed in the report about the second alarm is struck with the following resources which the report lists and states the following:

– E421 (Twenty Nine Palms) ((Unable to respond at 13:15:08))

– BC147 (Victorville Area)

– PIO170 (Apple Valley Area)

– Riverside County E-43 (later cancelled)

– MBP45 (Wonder Valley) added at 13:16:28

– Investigator 165

– MA31A

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain then continued discussing in the report about the radio traffic and timeline from that moment of that day which the report lists and states the following:

– 13:26:18 I/C requests the water department to the scene to “boost the pressure”

– 13:28:53 I/C reports having “PAR” (Term used to account for personnel on fireground)

– 13:28:17 I/C requests a “Life Hazard Alert” to have all personnel strip down layers of protective gear due to excessive heat.

– 13:35:52 I/C reports “Fire knocked down on 2 of the 3 structures.”

– 13:38:38 I/C reports an additional PAR and continued exterior operations.

– 13:39:03 I/C reports that the water company has arrived at the scene

– 13:41:06 Electric Company is reported as on scene

– 13:42:29 All electricity is disconnected through the single service drop to all 3 structure.

– 13:51:29 I/C reports “almost 10% left involvement on the first and second structure. The third structure now has flames through the roof”

– 13:55:12 I/C reports making access into the 2nd structure for “fire attack”

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain then discussed about the weather conditions at that moment of the day which the report states that, “The temperature has increased to 108 degrees with winds variable in direction at 6 MPH.”

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain continued discussing in the report about the radio traffic and timeline from that moment of that day which the report lists and states the following:

– 14:01:39 I/C reporting Fire is through the roof on the 2nd structure, fire spread has now been stopped on 1st and 3rd structures”

– 14:09:30 I/C reporting the 2nd house in now “fully involved and threatening further structures to the west”

– 14:11:31 I/C requesting CHP due to “heavy smoke conditions across the I-40”

– 14:20:48 I/C requesting that electric company re-respond to the scene for an exposure to a 4th house.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain then stated again that several exchanges of PAR verifications occurred then continued discussing in the report about the radio traffic and timeline from that moment of that day which the report lists and states the following:

– 14:51:58 I/C reports that the electric company is back on scene.

– 14:55:58 BC137 arrives and assumes command.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain then discussed again some more about the weather conditions at that moment of the day which the report lists and states the following:

– 14:57 Temperatures are 107 degrees with winds from the North at sustained 24 MPH, Increasing relative humidity

– 15:57 Temperatures have dropped to 99 degrees with winds from the South at sustained 11 with gusts to 36 MPH, rain and hail.

– 16:57 Temperatures have dropped to 93 degrees with winds from the East/Southeast at sustained 21 with gusts to 30 MPH.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain presented and discussed the Operating Methodology of Defensive and Offensive related to this fire followed by presenting and showing maps in the reports of the properties involved in the fire as well as the layout of where were the fire department units were set up at and what streets they were located using Google Earth.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain then presented and discussed the incident times on a list sheet and the weather conditions sent in by somebody named “Phill” saying it was from the Las Vegas National Weather Service.

As part of the 41 page report, San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain presented and discussed information on the San Bernardino County Fire Department Operations Directives on Firefighter Safety and Accountability In Hazardous Environments, the Immediately Dangerous To Life or Health (I.D.L.H.) Incidents, the San Bernardino County Fire Department Operations Directives on Incident Command System, the San Bernardino County Fire Department Operations Directives on Firefighter Life Hazards and Identification of Life Hazard Zones, and the San Bernardino County Fire Department Operations Directives on Electrical Emergencies.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain presented and discussed the Fire Flow Calculation which shows the following:

Equation is Length (L) times Width (W) divided by 3 times percentage of involvement

LxW/3 x % invovement

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain continued the Fire Flow Calculation which states, “For 202 I St, we will assume the following: Approximately 1,000 square feet divided by 3 = 333 Gallons per minute, This number is the multiplied by the % of involvement, 100 in this case. So immediately we see we need at least 300 Gallons per minute. This is typically delivered in 125 Gallons per minute format via handlines (preferred), 1 person per line or at 750 to 1,000 Gallons per minute via the “Deck Gun” on the type 1 fire engine. The type 6 engine (BP#!) has limitation of 290 Gallons per minute pump. The type 1 engine (E31) has a limitation of 1,500 Gallons per minute, if the water source is available. Moving to the next factor, exposures account for an additional inflation of 25% per side if the structure is not yet on fire. If the exposure is already involved in fire, we use the same formula per structure and add the additional line + personnel.

The Fire Flow Calculation ends stating, “Please keep in mind that these calculations are based on controlled environments by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), based on newer construction. Building construction types (older) and fire loading (materials inside) along with building conditions will contribute to or potentially hinder fire growth.”

After presenting his report, members of the Needles City Council were able to ask San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain questions.

Speaking over the phone, Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. made a statement saying, “You know, there’s seems to make a sore of a – you know – obvious that necessity – you know- for the County to have their unit and Needles to have their unit.”

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson responded to Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.’s statement saying, “I can concur with you on that Doctor Richardson.”

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. asked San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain if it wouldn’t have been better if Needles had it’s own fire department and the County had it’s fire department then they could more accurately cover 2 incidents that occur near the same time?

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain responded saying, “Well I will say this, that if you do split it up that way and if that’s what the City decides to go, I will tell you the County will be available to response to major disasters as this would be. I don’t believe that the response time, from my personnel experiences as being a Paid Call Fireman back in the day, is you’re gonna get accurate bodies as the same we didn’t have at this point – there in a timely fashion either. I don’t believe outcome wouldn’t been any better. I do believe personally the outcome would have been more detrimental; I believe it would probably just because of the level of training and exposure and experience that our personnel bring to the table, that there’s a strong likelihood that it would have burn additional structures.”

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson asked San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain, “The City of Needles, we contracted from San Bernardino County before 3 full time firefighters, 2 pieces of equipment; staffed, we paid for – this staff man 24/7 360 current?”

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain responded saying, “You paid for 1 of the 3 personnel; we’re currently going to move to 2 on Saturday. You paid for 1 per day, the County picks up the fright on the other 2.”

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson asked how much for that 1 personnel is which San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain responded saying, “You pay $483,156 dollars. You pay $447,261 dollars for the 3 firefighters, but overall personnel cost are $483, 156 base on overhead and administration charges.”

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain further explained to Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson that the City of Needles pays for 3 firefighters; 1 per day on 3 shifts; 3 personnel on per day, and said that, “You’re paying for 1/3 of that company per day.”

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain told to Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson that firefighters are working 48 hours shifts because of the distance they have to travel to Needles, California; “24 hour block, but they’re straggling it out 2 on/4 off.”

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain told members of the Needles City Council that, “I am willing to try to figure out a solution with this. One of things that was done in the pass was -this was prior to my tenner here, was they did away with Paid Call Firefighter Program O.K., I am willing to reintroduce that if that’s the way you would be conferrable with and try to do a community outreach similar to what you are talking about doing. I can’t do it within the exciting dollars; that’s the problem, because that is how much it cost us to do. Before, we had $25,000 that was line item, o.k., and the reason why it’s that amount is because when you recruit somebody, I have to put them through $1,500 physical because they have to be – they can’t – they can not drop dead; I can’t have that liability, o.k., I have to out fit them; 2 to 3 thousand dollars in turnouts in wild land safety gear, I have to fit test them. It gets very expensive on up start in getting somebody going. If that’s the mechanism that everybody wants to go with, I would be more then happy to entertain and will do that. I can’t guarantee the results; it’s going to be the community coming in to help us. This is the potion you guys are paying for, and I am sorry that – sorry that the structure burned – I really do – I do apologize that it went down in that way, but I think our personnel did an outstanding job in the grand scheme of things.”

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson then said to San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain, “What I am expressing my concern is what I expressed prior to is the lack of accurate fire protection if we level the City of Needles with”.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain responded saying, “The only thing I can tell you again is, Battalion Chief Marshalls has reached out to Mohave Valley. They’re not interested in coming over in automatic aid move up plan because they still have the responsibility to protect their city. They are willing to respond under an automatic aid agreement, if we should have a call, from their quarters. What I can guarantee you is I can get the ability to my engineer captions or the B.C.’s for the area, more pacifically the engineer captions, because this is their turf; they know it better then anybody. And I give them that ability to move the engine in Havasu up here or move a company up to Havasu in the mean time until I can get something going. That is the best I can do for you right now. I wish there was more to it then that, but that’s the long horn.”

Later, as San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain was talking about how difficult it will be to maintain and guarantee the coverage; that you’re always going to have somebody who wants to find people around” if the City of Needles moves to having a volunteer line fire department.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson responded by saying to San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain, “Yes and No; you can always – if we went to our own department or volunteer or Paid Call, we can always guarantee the City of Needles will have 24/7 protection.”

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain asked Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson, “Do you think you can guarantee you’ll always have accurate bodies available?”

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson responded to San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain question saying, “Well, you would – we would have to staff them – I’m saying, I can guarantee you those 2 apparatus would not have to leave the City of Needles.”

San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain quickly responded back to Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson saying, “No; I understand that, what I’m saying is putting bodies on them and getting them to the scene – is not always a guarantee.”

After the report, no public commented on this agenda item as no announcement of public comment was ever opened as like with other agenda items in pass Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meetings.

** View the “B.D.C. Incident #15-38304” Report Packet at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

– Needles, CA: Report Packet: B.D.C. Incident #15-38304.

https://zachnews.net/2015/06/24/needles-ca-report-packet-b-d-c-incident-15-38304/

** You can watch the video at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

– Needles City Council: 6-23-2015: Report on 6-13-2015 Structure Fire.

 

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The issues discuss tonight all came after many community residents were angry with the response time by the San Bernardino County Fire Department to the residential structure fire that happened on the 200 block of I Street between West Broadway and Third Street in Downtown Needles, California on Saturday, June 13th, 2015.

The fire totally damaged an apartment building that was boarded up and has been in the pass broken into, and at least 2 other homes, including a home in the process of being moved into by George Edward Hamil Sr. who was reportedly was barbecuing that day when he spotted smoke coming from where his home was located.

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The fire grow burning the 3 structures, burning for hours and even getting the roof of a boarded up home next to the Jack In the Box parking lot which was later saved.

ZachNews was there and stand there at the fire collecting information on the fire, but that is when several residents came up to ZachNews expressing their anger about the first fire truck to respond to the fire saying it took between 15 to 25 minutes for the first fire department to respond.

Google Map states the time and miles from where the San Bernardino County Fire Department say they were at when they got the emergency call of the fire shows that it would have taken 14 minutes, without traffic, using East Broadway and 6.8 miles from the Needles Airport to get to the fire; not 9 or 8 minutes.

** Source: Google Map: From Needles Airport To Residential Structure Fire: **

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/34.7634942,-114.6198704/34.8407565,-114.6090269/@34.8021434,-114.6423684,13z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-114.6033417!2d34.8379744!3s0x80ce2371a3693177:0x543347427239296c!1m0!3e0

Bing Map states the time and miles from where the San Bernardino County Fire Department say they were at when they got the emergency call of the fire shows that it would have taken 13 minutes, without traffic, using East Broadway and 6.7 miles from the Needles Airport to get to the fire; not 9 or 8 minutes.

** Source: Bring Map: From Needles Airport To Residential Structure Fire: **

http://binged.it/1Q0wHso

ZachNews tried to speak to several to fire department officials about these reports by residents, but many of those fire department officials, including Incident Commanders, didn’t want to speak to ZachNews or respond to our questions on camera that were being raised by residents, including Daniel Nelson of the San Bernardino County Fire Department telling ZachNews after the camera was off that, “it wasn’t to 15 minutes.”

When ask why not say that in the interview, Daniel Nelson of the San Bernardino County Fire Department would only say to talk to San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain on Monday, June 15th, 2015.

As part of a list of questions, ZachNews did ask San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain on Monday, June 15th, 2015 about the response time by the fire department.

At 1:29pm PT on Monday, June 15th, 2015, ZachNews receives the first email from San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain saying,

“I will respond to this by saying that both E31 and BP31 were returning from a victim of a fall on the I-40 freeway near Goffs Rd. This person had experienced a fall on the from a motorcycle at road speed and her injuries were considered “Life Threatening” in nature. BP31 arrived on scene at just under 10 minutes from time of dispatch. As per the normal procedures, our automatic/mutual aid agreements were set in motion upon initial dispatch, without delay.”

Hours later, at 7:29pm PT on Monday, June 15th, 2015, ZachNews receives the second email from San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain needing to correct some information sent in the first email message to ZachNews saying,

“BP31 had just completed training in town and was out at the County yard on Airport Rd attempting to refuel at the time of the fire. Their response time from there was 9 minutes 54 seconds.”

During the Needles City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, some of the stuff requested by ZachNews has come forward, but has now some questions still unanswered and contradicting what was told to ZachNews by Daniel Nelson of the San Bernardino County Fire Department as well as what was witnessed by ZachNews cameras during the residential structure fire on Saturday, June 13th, 2015.

– First; San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain said that amount the injured during the residential structure fire, a firefighter was burned, but no mention on any firefighter or anybody being burned either in the press release or by Daniel Nelson of the San Bernardino County Fire Department or by San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain until the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015.

** Video of that interview with Daniel Nelson of the San Bernardino County Fire Department is at the following website address: **

https://youtu.be/ZnVH1vaiC-4 (At 12:12)

** San Bernardino County Fire Department Press Release regarding the residential structure fire on Saturday, June 13th, 2015: **

http://www.sbcfire.org/viewer/attachment.ashx?ID=da075d5a-652b-4c5e-bc39-b36362e92101

– Second; the weather conditions during the residential structure fire on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 were hot and with very little to no winds blowing outside which was mention in the report at around 5 mph and 6 mph.

ZachNews checked the weather conditions for Saturday, June 13th, 2015 with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada and redirected ZachNews to Underground Weather website that had more information on the weather conditions on Saturday, June 13th, 2015.

According to Underground Weather, showed on their “Daily Weather History Graph”, the wind speed between 12:00pm to 2:00pm PT was at around 5 mph.

** More information regarding the weather conditions on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 is at the following Underground Weather website address: **

http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KEED/2015/6/13/DailyHistory.html?theprefset=SHOWMETAR&theprefvalue=1&MR=1

But, was there any “gusty” and “blowing” winds during the start of the residential structure fire started?

No, there was little winds; at around 5 mph, to no winds at all blowing or moving the trees.

ZachNews was there filming the fire and videos at the time of the fire before the thunderstorm later that afternoon shows how the weather was like.

** Videos of the fire before the thunderstorm came is at the following website addresses: **

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire 2.

When a thunderstorm came before 4:29pm PT as documented on camera by ZachNews over the area of the residential structure fire, there was winds and some were gusty, but not to the level of 40 mph and 50 mph; between 20 mph to 35 mph.

Those winds did go away as the thunderstorm moved east into Arizona.

As for the reported hail in the report, Andy Gorelow of the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada tells ZachNews that there was no mention of hail falling in the area of Needles, California.

Well filming a report on the residential structure fire, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez thought their was hail and asked near by residents watching the fire if there was hail falling over onto I Street and everybody said there was only “heavy rain”.

Video by ZachNews showing the rain on the ground shows what appears to be hail, but was the street and how it was made; not small ice pieces.

** Videos of the fire during the thunderstorm is at the following website address: **

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire 2.

– Third; the residential structure fire has been said to be “Most likely arson” to “Arson” with some reports of residents seeing people inside one of the burned up buildings off of West Broadway.

On Sunday, June 21st, 2015, ZachNews spoke to a man, a resident living in Downtown Needles, California, who knows who started the residential structure fire on Saturday, June 13th, 2015.

This resident, ZachNews is naming as “Person D”, tells ZachNews that a man, his nephew, and a woman were trying to plug in an air conditioner inside a boarded up building well using an extension cord when it catch on fire.

The 2 people ran off away from the fire because what “Person D” told ZachNews is because they didn’t want anybody to know that they were staying inside that boarded up building “illegally”.

Also, ”Person D” also told ZachNews that they were able to get electricity from other near by buildings.

When asked if this was an accident, “Person D” told ZachNews, “this wasn’t no accident with him.”

The resident, “Person D”, also tells ZachNews that they had their stuff and food inside the building and even had a party there, which “Person D” said they got into the building by removing the wooden board that was nailed on the door, and used that wooden board to cover the door as like nobody was there.

ZachNews asked for a name which “Person D” didn’t want to provide that information, and when asked if the 2 people have seen, “Person D” couldn’t provide a sure location.

ZachNews informed him to come forward and that what the 2 people did was wrong to run away from the fire, which he didn’t respond to that comment.

ZachNews did sent the information to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as well as to the City of Needles, and were told that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station is investigating the information ZachNews provided.

Just before the start of the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ross Tarangle was talking about the residential structure fire and the report on who started the residential structure fire to San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain saying that the residential structure fire started “spontaneously by the heat of the sun catching the roof of the first home, and spread the fire by gusty winds.”

In regards to the electricity mention by this resident, San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain told San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ross Tarangle that, “the electricity was shut off to all those properties before the fire.”

Both San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ross Tarangle walked into the next room as members of the Needles City Council were in Executive Session just around the corner from them.

Just to review what ZachNews was told and read:

1: In an email dated and timed at 9:55am PT on Monday, June 15th, 2015 to ZachNews, San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain wrote, “The fire is believed to be Arson in nature. It was originally thought and investigated that a suspect was still in the area. However, the reports turned out to be unsubstantiated. In addition, there were no utility hookups at the main house fire. There were reports however of “transient” activity at the time of the incident. Activity of suspicious nature should be reported to the San Bernardino County Sheriff as soon as possible.”

2: According to Daniel Nelson of the San Bernardino County Fire Department in an interview with ZachNews hours after the fire on Saturday, June 13th, 2015, the cause of the fire is still under investigation and that their investigators as well as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson and Bombs were here for many hours trying to figure out what caused this fire; most likely arson.

3: In a press release dated Saturday, June 13th, 2015 by Tracey Martinez, San Bernardino County Fire Department Public Information, they provided this information which states, “As the cause of this fire remains under investigation, anyone with information is asked to contact the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 47-ARSON (1-800-472-7766) or San Bernardino County Fire Department Dispatch at: 1 (909) 356-3805.”

– Fourth: ZachNews gave a lot of time to respond to questions related to the residential structure fire, but when those officials don’t want to comment, don’t respond back to our questions, and not update information about an incident, then who’s fault is that?

Before a second email from San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain was recived by ZachNews late Monday, june 15th, 2015, ZachNews sent some more questions that were raised by the community and by ZachNews to San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain related to the residential structure fire as well as requesting information and documents related to the residential structure fire and regarding the response time, and at 7:27pm PT on Monday, June 15th, 2015, San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain emailed Zachnews saying, “work on these tomorrow Zack.” (Tomorrow meaning Tuesday, June 16th, 2015).

But, ZachNews never got any more responses or emails by San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain after that email and repeated emails to San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain asking for a response got nothing.

After the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, ZachNews asked San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Chamberlain why he never responded by to our emails and he said, “I was at the Lake Fire at that time of your emails.”

But, according to InciWeb, the “Lake Fire” started before 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015.

** The latest information regarding the “Lake Fire” is at the following InciWeb website address: **

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4302/

Other media outlets also reporting the same information that the “Lake Fire” started at around 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015.

ZachNews stands by the news stories on the residential structure fire and will not be made out to the “Bad Guy” because some people didn’t want to respond to ZachNews questions and want to annoyed any ZachNews requests for information and documents regarding the the residential structure fire prior to the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015.

 

ZachNews was there at the residential structure fire recording, taking pictures, and collecting information regarding the residential structure fire.

** Videos regarding the residential structure fire: **

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire 2.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire 3.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire 4.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire 5.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire 6.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire 7.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire 8.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire 9.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-13-2015: Homes on Fire 10.

ZachNews later interviewed residents who spoke out about the San Bernardino County Fire Department’s response time to the residential structure fire.

** Video interviews with residents regarding fire department response time: **

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-14-2015: Fire Response.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 6-21-2015: Fire Response 2.

ZachNews reported on the residential structure fire and doing news updates for the community.

** News stories from ZachNews related to the residential structure fire: **

– News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Latest information regarding several homes on fire.

https://zachnews.net/2015/06/13/news-update-downtown-needles-ca-latest-information-regarding-several-homes-on-fire/

– News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: 6-14-2015: Resident speaks out about fire response.

https://zachnews.net/2015/06/15/news-update-downtown-needles-ca-6-14-2015-resident-speaks-out-about-fire-response/

– News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Official statement by Needles City Council Member regarding Saturday’s fire.

https://zachnews.net/2015/06/15/news-update-downtown-needles-ca-official-statement-by-needles-city-council-member-regarding-saturdays-fire/

– News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Fire Department response to last Saturday’s fire.

https://zachnews.net/2015/06/17/news-update-downtown-needles-ca-fire-department-response-to-last-saturdays-fire/

– News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Another resident speaks out about fire department’s response time.

https://zachnews.net/2015/06/22/news-update-downtown-needles-ca-another-resident-speaks-out-about-fire-departments-response-time/

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

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