Mayday! Fire Fighter DOWN!!
12, 2020__ Sunday evening, at 9:55 P.M., San Bernardino County FIRE
Department Crews were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 14400
block of Azalea in the community of Phelan.
arriving crews found a large, single-story home well involved in fire with
multiple exposures to adjacent structures on the property. Fire Fighters
initiated a defensive fire attack in an attempt to knock down the fire and
protect a large RV garage which was imminently threatened.
Crews were transitioning the fire from a defensive to offensive strategy from
an exterior patio when a portion of the roof collapsed, causing the patio and a
portion of the wall to come down. The collapse briefly trapped 4 firefighters.
A “Mayday! Firefighter Down” message was broadcast.
the Fire Fighters quickly self-rescued or were assisted from under the patio.
The firefighters were quickly assessed and treated by an awaiting SBCoFD Medic
Ambulance. Two of the injured were treated on-scene for minor injuries but
weren’t transported. The other two firefighters sustained moderate injuries and
were transported to an area trauma center for treatment. They were released Monday
morning to recover at home.
fighting the fire, the crew found what appeared to a large marijuana grow
inside the home and garage. Due to the large volume of fire, collapse and
unknown hazards crews switched to a defensive posture. The fire was ultimately
knocked down in approximately 1 hour. Damage to the home and garage were
extensive. No immediate fire hydrants were in the area, making consistent water
flow a challenge. A water shuttle operation was used to keep water flowing.
Due to the structural integrity of the home being compromised
and hazards inside, a SBCoFD Dozer was utilized for mop-up operations.
The structure fire is
under investigation by:
San Bernardino County
Office of the Fire Marshall Investigators
and the San Bernardino
County Sheriff Department.
Sunday night the San Bernardino
County FIRE Department
responded with 9 Engines,
2 Water Tenders, 2 Chief Officers,
2 Medic Ambulances and
Cal-Fire assisted with an