January 18, 2022___
Monday afternoon San Bernardino County Fire Crews
were dispatched to a reported commercial structure fire in the 1500 block of
West 8th Street in Upland. Multiple calls stated the fire was
located at an apartment complex at the corner of Benson and 8th Street.
SBC Firefighters arrived on-scene to find multiple
apartment units engulfed by fire, on both the first and second floors, of an
eight-unit apartment building. Arriving crews simultaneously initiated a fire
attack to immediately evacuate the residents. Due to the amount of fire, a
second alarm was immediately struck, bringing additional apparatus and
personnel to the scene. The fire quickly spread throughout multiple units and
the attic space of the building. Firefighters worked to limit the fire-spread
through the units and attic, all while checking for any potential victims.
Thankfully, all searches came up negative.
The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes. Firefighters were
successful in keeping the fire from spreading to additional adjacent buildings.
In total, four apartment units received smoke and fire damage but were saved
from major fire damage.
In total residents were displaced by Monday’s fire. The Red Cross
responded to the scene to assist those impacted by the fire. San Bernardino County Fire
Investigators responded to the scene to complete a cause and
origin investigation. The fire remains under investigation.
San Bernardino County Fire responded with five Engines, three trucks, three
Chief Officers, an Air/Light Unit and a Fire Investigator. Ontario, Rancho
Cucamonga and Chino Valley Fire Crews, also all provided mutual aid.
Photos and written by San Bernardino County Fire Battalion
Chief/PIO Michael McClintock.