Hesperia, CA: Fatal residential structure fire.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, just after 5:00am PT on Sunday, November 1st, 2015, the San Bernardino County Fire Department received numerous reports of a residential structure fire on the 12000 block of Palm Street near Cataba Street in the community of Hesperia, California.
Multiple 911 callers reported smoke visible and that occupants were still inside the home.
Because of these reports an additional engine company was added to the original dispatch for a total of 4 paramedic engine companies assigned.
The first engine arrived within minutes and reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the front of the single story house.
At least 2 residents, who were alerted by working smoke detectors and were able to safely evacuate the home, stated that there were 2 family members, one of whom was bedridden, still inside.
Firefighters went into the attack mode and performed a primary search of the home in an attempt to locate the occupants.
Subsequent arriving engine companies were assigned to support the rescue effort.
During the primary search 2 elderly persons were located deceased in the room where the fire originated.
Crews were able to complete the search and determine there were no other occupants in the home.
The fire was declared under control in approximately 20 minutes.
San Bernardino County Fire Department responded with 4 paramedic engine companies, a paramedic ambulance, a brush patrol, a battalion chief and a fire investigator for a total of 16 personnel.
There were no other injuries to firefighters or civilians.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal as well as the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
The American Red Cross was requested for 2 displaced adults.
Damage is estimated at $100,000.
San Bernardino County Fire Department wishes to stress that you should never enter a building where there is a suspected or confirmed fire.
Additionally the outcome of this fire could of resulted in further loss of life had there not been working smoke detectors in the home.
The time change for fall of 2015 occurred this morning.
This is also a great reminder to change your batteries in your smoke detectors.
Smoke Detectors Save Lives!!