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Firefighters Battle Commercial Structure Fire in Victorville

VICTORVILLE:( On September 28, 2014 at 4:37 a.m., the San Bernardino County Fire Department Communications Center received reports of a fire in a commercial building on the 14100 Block of Hesperia Road, Victorville.

Victorville FireWhen Firefighters arrived they discovered the fire was well-established inside the structure with flames through the roof sending burning embers into the air, threatening the roof of a nearby building. First-arriving Firefighters began to attack the flames and reduce the burning embers while additional Firefighters set up the aerial ladder on the Truck Company to employ its elevated water stream to attack the fire from above. It took a total of eighteen Firefighters twenty-one minutes to gain control of the fire.

Despite burning embers threatening a nearby structure as well as dangerous electrical lines that were burning and at risk of falling, an aggressive fire attack with multiple attack crews successfully confined the fire to the single structure. One Firefighter sustained smoke inhalation and required medical attention by County Fire Department Paramedics already on the scene battling the fire, but was not transported to a hospital. In total, County Fire responded to the scene with five Engines, one Truck, one Battalion Chief and one Fire Investigator. All traffic lanes in the affected area of Hesperia Road were shut down for the duration of the incident.

Damage is estimated to be at least $150,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Fire Investigators.

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