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                  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

 ‚ÄčFriday Morning July 22, 2016



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.

San 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 structures.

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