Bernardino County Fire Crews were dispatced at 8:17 A.M. Monday January 25th,
to a report of a residential structure fire; located in the 17200 block of
Valley Boulevard in the City of Fontana. Multiple 9-1-1 callers stated a
mobile home was on fire with someone still inside the burning home. Due to the
reports of victims trapped, an ambulance was started.
arrived within three minutes of dispatch to find heavy smoke and fire showing
from multiple sides of a mobile home. Crews immediately initiated both a rescue
operation and fire attack. Crews entered the burning mobile home via doors
and windows, attempting to rapidly find the trapped victim. While crews were
interior looking for a potential victim, the fire rapidly increased in
quickly progressing fire forced one firefighter to bail out a nearby window,
the other out a nearby door. Crews then transitioned from an
offensive posture to a defensive posture, attempting to knock back the
flames prior to reentering the home.
the interior conditions became more tenable, crews completed a fire attack
and primary search of the home. While completing the search, they found
one adult victim who had perished in the fire.
fire was knocked down in approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters were successful
in keeping the fire from spreading to nearby trailers. One firefighter was
transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. Two civilians were
transported a local hospital with smoke inhalation injuries. San
Bernardino County Fire responded with four Engines, two Truck Companies, a
Medic Squad, three Battalion Chiefs, two Fire Investigators and a Safety
Officer. Three American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances responded, as
well. Although the fire appears to
be accidental in nature, the fire is under investigation by San Bernardino
County Fire Investigators.
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