Breaking News: Downtown Needles, CA: Commercial structure fire burning inside the old and vacant River Valley Air Conditioning building.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Sources: San Bernardino County Fire District and Mohave Valley Fire Department (Information):

Downtown Needles, California: A commercial structure fire burning at the old River Valley Air Conditioning building located at 221 F Street.

The fire was reported at around 10:12 p.m. PT on Friday, February 4th, 2022.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez rushed over to the scene, and broadcast live first at ZachNews on Facebook on the commercial structure fire.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire District, Medical Engine 32 arrived on-scene to find smoke and fire showing from the attic and roofline of a large commercial occupancy, and crews initially initiated an offensive attack, working to locate the fire and perform a search for any potential victims. As the fire continued to grow firefighters switched to a defensive fire attack, utilizing large volumes of water to suppress the fire and protect exposures. During the firefight structural conditions deteriorated and multiples collapses occurred. The fire was ultimately brought under control in approximately one hour.

Additional assistance from fire department crews in Arizona were requested to help with the commercial structure fire, including firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire District, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire District and Bullhead City Fire Department, as well as volunteer crews from the Mohave Valley Fire Department’s Rehab Unit who also responded assisting firefighters for multiple hours.

Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, Baker Emergency Medical Service and public work crews from the City of Needles were also on scene at the commercial structure fire.

Reports over the scanner that the roof did collapse inside the vacant building and the front facade was reportedly leaning during the fire battle.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire District, as the fire continued to grow firefighters switched to a defensive fire attack, utilizing large volumes of water to suppress the fire and protect exposures, and during the firefight structural conditions deteriorated and multiples collapses occurred.

Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station and public work crews from the City of Needles closed F Street between West Broadway and Third Street as well as Third Street between G Street and D Street due to the commercial structure fire.

As of 3:20 a.m. PT on Saturday, February 5th, 2022, the front facade of the commercial structure collapsed as ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez was recording.

Firefighters put out any flames found after the front facade of the commercial structure collapsing.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire District, the fire was ultimately brought under control in approximately one hour, but building collapse and structural integrity issues complicated the overhaul and investigation portion of the incident, and due to safety concerns and multiple collapses the San Bernardino County Fire District heavy equipment team was requested to assist.

Crews utilized a San Bernardino County Fire District excavator to remove portions of the building for total extinguishment. Firefighter remained on-scene for more than eight hours working the incident.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire District, the fire’s cause and origin is under investigation San Bernardino County Fire District Fire Investigators, but the building was vacant.

The scene has been turned over to the City of Needles Building and Safety.

Thanks to all of the firefighters, emergency personnel and deputies who responded to the scene as well as the fire rehab crew keeping emergency crews hydrated, fed and hot coffee in the cold night as they all worked at the scene of the commercial structure fire.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this breaking news report.

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