Two Adults Perish

in House Fire


Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 11:11 P.M., San Bernardino County Fire Responders arrived at a residential structure fire in the 1100 block of East Holly Vista Blvd. in the city of San Bernardino. Additional information revealed that the house was possibly occupied. Ambulances were immediately requested to respond to the urgent fiery incident.  

The Firefighters arrived within six minutes of dispatch to find moderate smoke showing from a single story, single family residence. After forcing entry through the front door, firefighters entered the home to search for potential victims. Under near zero visibility conditions with smoke levels to the floor, personnel initiated a search, utilizing a systematic method and a thermal imaging camera to help their efforts. Within minutes they located two adult victims, rescued them from the home and transferred care to awaiting crews outside.  Firefighter/Paramedics immediately initiated Advanced Life Support (ALS) care in the front yard of the home. Simultaneously, firefighters continued to search for additional victims and suppress the fire.  

The fire was knocked down within 15 minutes of arrival. Both adult patients were transported to area hospitals in grave condition. Sadly, both succumbed to their injuries. A completed search of the home also revealed multiple deceased pets, dogs, cats and birds. 

Eight engines, two truck companies, two medic squads, and one chief officer totaling 35 personnel were assigned to the incident. American Medical Response (AMR) provided three ambulances. 

Multiple San Bernardino County Fire Investigators responded to complete a Cause and Origin Investigation.  Investigators have preliminarily determined the cause to be accidental and unintentional in nature. The investigation is in its preliminary stages and is currently ongoing.

No working smoke detectors were found inside the home at the time of the fire. Forty minutes prior to the fire, firefighters responded to a single report of a smell of smoke at an intersection North of the house fire. SBC Firefighters checked the dispatched location and surrounding area, finding no smoke or fire. It is unclear if the smoke-call and the structure-fire are related. 



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