In San Bernardino Super 8 Motel
San Bernardino County Fire Fighters attack brush fire from engulfing motels in the Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino California Photo Credit: Tod Sudmeier
By E T Russell
Thursday July 21, 2016 11:15 P.M. ____ According to Channels 5 – KTLA, Channel 7 – KABC,
just before 10:00 P.M. a brush fire broke out near I-1o and Hospitality Lane and
Commercenter West, in San Bernardino. Quickly the blaze traveled to a nearby Motel
8. Upon arrival of San Bernardino County Fire Crews, to immediate investigation of
all rooms in the motel was ordered for all occupants be evacuated. No injuries
have been reported as of 11:00 P.M
Morning July 22, 2016
FIRE DAMAGES MOTEL
San Bernardino - At 9:43 P.M. Thursday evening San Bernardino County Fire responded to
numerous reports of a vegetation fire behind the DoubleTree Hotel on Hospitality Lane west of Waterman Avenue.
Additional callers stated the fire was threatening buildings in the area.
The initial fire rapidly spread to the west before establishing
itself in a stand of trees behind the Super
8 Motel, one property west of the origin of the fire. Two vehicles were
fully involved, and embers from burning palm trees were landing on the
motel at the time of County Fire's arrival.
Bernardino County Fire Fighters were tasked with multiple objectives at the onset: Evacuate
occupants of the Super 8 Motel,
attack the structure fire, and combat the vegetation fire that was threatening
the DoubleTree Hotel. To accomplish
these goals, three alarms were assigned to the incident.
The structure fire was running in the attic and along the facade
of the two, two-story buildings that comprise the 79-room motel. After 90
minutes, the fire was controlled with damage to approximately 40% of both
All occupants of the Super
8 Motel were successfully evacuated. Guests of the DoubleTree had activated pull station alarms throughout their hotel
in response to the initial fire; DoubleTree
staff evacuated their property as a precaution. There were no injuries to
civilians. One firefighter received a minor injury during overhaul operations.
Fifteen engines, five truck companies, support units, and
multiple chief officers for approximately 70 personnel were assigned to the
incident. San Bernardino County Fire
Department received automatic aid
from numerous agencies throughout the valley.
At the time of the fire, 42 of the 79 rooms at the Super 8 Motel were occupied. American Red Cross was notified to
assist with the displaced guests. DoubleTree
Hotel guests were able to return to their rooms.
Damage estimates are still being estimated, however 32 rooms at
the Super 8 Motel were damaged, and
two vehicles were lost.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation through San Bernardino County Fire's Office
of the Fire Marshal.
Time/Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016 9:43 P.M.
Location: 200 Block E Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino, California
Incident: Vegetation/Commercial Structure Fire BDC: 16-53034
Contact: Eric Sherwin, Public Information Officer (909) 547-5080
Photo Credit: Tod Sudmeier @EPN564