Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Fatal fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments.
ZachNews has confirmed with San Bernardino County Fire Department that a fatal fire occurred at the Mesa Grande Apartments, located at 1600 Lilyhill Drive, in Needles, California.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a search of the apartments that was involved in the fire located an elderly female who was deceased inside the a unit.
Needles(Update): IC reports knock down on fire. One vict w/ smoke inhalation. One subject located deceased. Secondary search continues.
— SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) March 31, 2017
** Tweet from the San Bernardino County Fire Department (@SBCountyFire): **
The San Bernardino County Fire Department posted the location of a deceased person on their official Twitter page.
The identity of the person found deceased hasn’t been officially release.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office, “The unidentified female was confirmed dead at 6:30 PM by fire fighters. Once identification is established, the name will be released.”
** Pictures from Timothy Terral from Needles, California: **
People from other near by units were helped out to safety by several people who witnesses the fire and ran over to help.
The fire started at around 5:00pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 as gusty winds blow across the community.
These were Live Video recorded on Facebook by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez of the fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments.
Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department have responded to the fire.
** Pictures from ZachNews: **
Witnesses telling ZachNews that firefighter were having trouble with a near by fire hydrant.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a private fire hydrant on the property wasn’t functioning at the time of the fire.
Witnesses also telling ZachNews that fire crews took 9 minutes to respond to the fire, which a San Bernardino County Fire Department Explorer told ZachNews that it was due to the other calls related to the winds.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation through San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit.
Lilyhill Drive from Bailey Avenue to Clary Drive has been reopened after being closed during the fire.
** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victim in the fire. May our community unite together and be there for everybody who were affected by the fire. **
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