San Bernardino County Steven Castagnola, Engineer/Public Information Officer
reports that October 30th Thursday
morning just before 7:00 P.M., a structure fire in a Phelan residence was
reported after an occupant saw smoke coming from the rear of the house through
the open front door. The occupant immediately closed the front door and called
The first unit on scene, Fire Fighters from
nearby San Bernardino County #10 in Phelan, arrived in just under five minutes to
find heavy smoke coming from the roof of the residence. The fire crews
initiated an aggressive attack, and were able to confine the fire to the
laundry room and an adjacent bedroom.
San Bernardino County Fire responded
with four engines, two brush patrols, an ambulance, and a battalion chief. It
took a total of seventeen firefighters less than twenty minutes to fully
extinguish the fire.
Two major factors can be contributed to
the small fire spread. First, when
the resident found the fire and quickly closed the door, the fire was starved of additional oxygen.
A fire needs oxygen to burn, by closing the door; the resident reduced the
amount of oxygen available to the fire. Had the door been
left open, a greater amount of oxygen would have been available to the fire,
and would have contributed to a larger and more aggressive fire spread.
Second, was the relatively
close proximity of the residence to the nearest fire station. The cause of the
fire is under investigation, with damage to the structure estimated at
approximately $100,000. There were no injuries to the occupants or
firefighters. The American Red Cross was requested to the scene to provide
assistance to the displaced residents.
The San Bernardino
County Fire Department reminds everyone that with the upcoming time change, it
is recommended that individuals change the batteries in their smoke detectors
and carbon monoxide detectors.
“Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries.!”