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Firefighters Battle 2 Alarm Office Building Fire

VICTORVILLE:( On December 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm the San Bernardino County Fire Department Communications Center received reports of a fire in a two-story office building located on the 18300 block of George Blvd in the City of Victorville. A passerby in the area of the Southern California Logistics Airport saw smoke coming from at least one upstairs window in an older office building built by the military on the site of the former George Air Force Base.

Screenshot 2014-12-17 12.15.28When Firefighters arrived they discovered the fire was well-established inside the structure with heavy smoke pushing from at least one second-story window. Firefighters mounted an extended attack, utilizing both interior stairwells and exterior windows to stretch hose lines to fight the fire. Meanwhile, Firefighters set up Truck Company aerial ladders and other Firefighters searched the fifty-thousand square foot building for people and fire spread. It took a total of thirty-four Firefighters over an hour to gain control of the fire. Limited water supply from fire hydrants and barricaded roadways created unique challenges for Firefighters to overcome.

There were no Firefighter or civilian injuries reported as a result of this incident. In total, County Fire responded to the scene with eight engines, two trucks, three Battalion Chiefs as well as one Division Chief and one Fire Investigator. Apple Valley Fire Protection District provided one fire engine to assist.

Damage is estimated to be at least $50,000, with an estimated $700,000 worth of property saved. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Fire Investigators.

Safety Message – Your San Bernardino County Fire Department would like to remind you to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least twice each year.

(source: San Bernardino County Fire news release)

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