Large Commercial Building
Destroyed in San Bernardino Fire
Note: According to San
Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief Mike McClintock,
the building that burned was previously the
Scottish Rite; also a Masonic Lodge as well.
Saturday evening, March
13, 2022, San Bernardino County Fire Crews were dispatched to a reported
commercial fire near University and Interstate-215 in San Bernardino. Firefighters
quickly arrived to find heavy smoke showing from a large two-story commercial
Firefighters initiated an offensive fire attack, finding heavy
smoke inside the 28,000 square foot building. The building previously burned in
2021, sustaining damage to a portion of the building. Despite the fire damage
and being vacant, firefighters pushed inside to complete a search for any
potential victims. The fire continued to build and a second alarm was quickly
struck. As interior conditions deteriorated, an operational retreat was
declared bringing firefighters outside.
Firefighters transitioned to a defensive posture, utilizing
ladder pipes and master streams to suppress the fire. The fire was ultimately
knocked down in approximately 90 minutes. The Fire-crews remained on-scene for
multiple hours working on fire suppression and overhaul.
No victims were found inside the structure and no injuries were
reported to civilians. One firefighter received minor injuries. The fire
remains under investigation by San Bernardino
County Fire Department Investigators.
San Bernardino County Fire responded with Nine Engines, three Truck Companies, three Chief
Officers, an Air/Light Unit, Ambulance, two Investigators, and a Heavy
Equipment team. Rialto Fire Crews also assisted with a Fire Engine.