Home Destroyed by FIRE
Photos courtesy of San Bernadino County Fire
Early Saturday morning firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Station 57 Fire
Fighters, responded to reports of a house on fire at the 13700 block of
Benton Street in the rural community of Trona. The first engine arrived minutes
later to find heavy smoke and fire erupting from the single-family concrete
Prior to firefighter arrival, the father was
able to rescue his wife and children from the burning home. The male adult
stated his young son woke up to the smell of smoke and immediately alerted him.
When the adult exited his bedroom, he found the hallway filled with smoke and
could see flames. Feeling his way through the home, the father began evacuating
his family, at times carrying them through the blaze. Two dogs also safely
escaped the fire.
Upon arrival, responders and paramedics
immediately rendered medical aid and transported the victims to Ridgecrest
Regional Hospital with the assistance of Liberty Ambulance (Ridgecrest) and
China Lake Naval Base Fire (Ridgecrest). Although not believed to be life-threatening,
the two adults suffered 2nd degree burns, while the four children
suffered 1st degree and superficial burns.
Bernardino County Fire Fighters began aggressively attacking the fire with the
assistance of Fire Fighters from the Searles
Valley Minerals Fire personnel (Trona). Despite downed power lines,
firefighters had the fire under control within 25 minutes. Fire units from the China Lake Naval Base also assisted
with firefighting efforts. Firefighters were instrumental in keeping the blaze
confined to the structure itself.
The fire is under investigation by San Bernardino County Fire
investigators, with the assistance of San
Bernardino County Sheriff Arson/Bomb investigators. At this time the fire is believed to have
started in a wall heater. It is unknown
if there were any working smoke detectors in the home.
The home was completely destroyed by fire. No
loss estimates available at this time. The American
Red Cross was requested to assist the displaced family.
Bernardino County Fire reminds residents to provide two means of escape from every
room and make sure everyone knows where to meet after leaving the home. Develop
and practice a fire escape plan for your household.
never return to a burning building for any reason.
belongings can be replaced – you can’t!