Restaurant Heavily Damaged  



  The Thanksgiving morning fire at PONG's

PHOTOS Courtesy of Big Bear Fire Dept. & Editor E T Russell 


Big Bear Lake, California ____ Thursday November 24th (Thanksgiving Day), at approximately 3:00 A.M., Big Bear Fire Fighters responded to a commercial structure fire alert.

In the chilly early morning hours flames were discovered coming from a Big Bear Lake restaurant. Pong’s Restaurant, located at 42104 Big Bear Boulevard, is a familiar dining establishment. 


Upon arrival, the initial Big Bear Fire Fighting crews confirmed the commercial structure fire was heavily engulfed by flames and smoke coming from the rear of the building. Thirteen Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze with the additional assistance from San Bernardino County Fire and Cal Fire personnel, as well . Significant damage was present in the kitchen area and in the rear of the building.

The Pong’s Restaurant was not open at the time of the fire; neither were there any occupants in the building at the time of the fire. No related injuries were reported during Thursday’s fire incident.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson Unit and Big Bear Fire Department immediately began a full investigation.  

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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.