Hot Water Heater Fire Causes Minor Damage


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May 7, 2019, Big Bear Lake____


Big Bear Fire Department reported a structure fire at approximately 8:01 A.M., Monday, May 6, 2019. The residence is located in Erwin Lake near Ash Lane between State Lane and Oak Lane.   

Upon arrival, Big Bear Fire Department Crews observed a single-family dwelling with light smoke coming from the home. Two residents were home and who exited the property safely.

The Fire Fighters confined the fire to the hot water heater preventing the spread to the remainder of the home. Knock-down was obtained within 15 minutes. Crews removed the hot water heater to check for fire extension underneath the home.


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Photos courtesy of Big Bear Fire Department


The first unit on-scene was Big Bear Fire Department’s Engine #283 from the Sugarloaf Station, commanded by Captain David Jayne. Command was transferred to Big Bear Fire Assistant Chief/ Big Bear Fire Marshal Mike Maltby upon his arrival.

Big Bear Fire Department responded with two engines and two ambulances with a crew of eight to work the incident.

CAL FIRE responded but was not activated and subsequently released. 

The origin of the fire was determined to be the hot water heater.


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About Big Bear Fire Department:

Big Bear Fire Authority was formed under a Joint Powers Agreement in 2012 combining Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District and Big Bear City Fire Department, now commonly known as Big Bear Fire Department. Since its inception, Big Bear Fire Department is committed to providing Big Bear Valley with professional fire, medical and emergency services “Protecting Lives and Property,” with timely response to fire and medical emergencies.