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Quick Actions by Owner and His Neighbors Save Home

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On November 17, 2013 at 4:47 p.m. a first-alarm structure fire assignment was dispatched by the SB County Communications Center for a house fire in the area of Country Club Dr. and Spring Valley Lake Pkwy in the community of Spring Valley Lake.  Multiple reports of a home on fire with smoke and flames coming from a chimney were being made.

SBC_FIREUpon arriving on scene three minutes after dispatch, the first-in engine was directed by bystanders to a home in the 13200 block of Country Club Dr. and found smoke coming from the exterior wall of the chimney of an approximately 2500 sq foot home.  It was also noted the homeowner and neighbors were using garden hoses to keep the fire in check.  A coordinated effort between the engine and truck company on the roof, kept the fire to just the exterior wall of the outside chimney.

During the investigation the owner had stated they had started a fire in their fire place earlier and while enjoying the evening heard a loud sound coming from inside the fireplace.  Upon investigating they found the exterior fire just as bystanders were alerting them of the fire.  It was also noted in the investigation that the residence had what is called a “zero clearance” fireplace.  These types of fireplaces are not made out of brick and mortar but are built using an aluminum stack pipe as the fireplace flue and are built in a box with wood to give the appearance of a chimney.  This box then has stucco placed on the outside to finish the look.  More predominately found in your tract type homes, they can be found in any type of residential structure.  They are meant more for gas-log type fires or the occasional “duralog” type fire.  If a large wood fire is built within the zero clearance fire place it increases the chance of the radiant heat igniting the interior wood structure which then could lead to your entire attic becoming ablaze.

Safety Message:  The San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds the public that as the temperatures start to drop and you feel the need to start a fire in your fireplace you first should have it cleaned and inspected.  A certified chimney sweep can clean the inside of your fireplace taking away highly flammable creosote which has a tendency to start chimney fires.  They may also be able to check for cracks in your chimney which may lead to radiant heat escaping and allowing a fire to start in your attic.

 

Source: Jay Hausman, Public Information Officer via press release

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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Motorcycle crash shuts down 15 Freeway in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A motorcycle crash briefly shut down the 15 freeway Saturday afternoon in Hesperia.

The crash was reported at 6:10 p.m., August 8th, 2020, on the northbound 15 Freeway between Oak Hill Road and Ranchero Road.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, a motorcycle rider was struck by a vehicle.

The impact sent the bike into the right hand shoulder of northbound 15 freeway and the rider into the center divider.

CHP logs reported that at least 8 motorcycles pulled into the center divider while 15-20 motorcycle riders stopped in lanes of traffic after the crash.

Northbound and southbound traffic of the 15 freeway was briefly stopped while a helicopter landed on scene.

The motorcycle rider was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center in critical condition.

There were no other injuries reported. The freeway was reopened at 6:45 p.m.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. This is a developing story with no further details currently available.

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Man arrested for the murder of his 30-year-old son in Victorville

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Deputies responded to a shooting in the 16700 block of Yucca Ave. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 49-year-old Victorville man was arrested for the murder of his son, officials said.

At about 10:00 PM on Friday, August 7, 2020, deputies responded to the 16700 block Yucca Avenue regarding to 911 calls of gunshots heard near an apartment complex, officials said.

Deputies from the Victorville Police Department arrived and detained a male, identified as Clyde Buschbaum Sr., outside of the complex.

Deputies quickly located an unresponsive male victim, outside of the apartment, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as Clyde Buschbaum Jr., was pronounced deceased at the scene, officials said.

Homicide Detectives responded to conduct the investigation and determined there was an altercation between Clyde Jr. and his father, Clyde Sr.

“At some point during the altercation, Clyde Sr. shot and killed his son outside of the apartment,” stated sheriff’s officials.

Clyde Buschbaum Sr. was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for murder.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michelle Del Rio, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com

Clyde Buschbaum Sr., 49, was arrested for the murder of his son in Victorville. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)
Clyde Buschbaum Sr., 49, was arrested for the murder of his son in Victorville. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)

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