VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire knocked down an attic fire at a home in the City of Victorville on Monday afternoon.
At approximately 2:40 pm, 911 dispatch received multiple reports of a structure fire in the 11300 block of Topaz Street.
Medic Truck 304 arrived in eight minutes to find a moderate amount of pressurized smoke coming from the roof line and all attic vents of a single story residential home. No flames were visible upon initial arrival.
Upon full evaluation of the building, a working attic fire was found to be running the length of the home. Fire conditions and spread were complicated by strong wind conditions.
Firefighters initiated an offensive interior attack with support of truck crews on the roof above. Truck crews assisted with interior conditions by placing ventilation holes on the roof above the attack crews. These roof ventilation tactics are key and must be coordinated with crews inside the building. Once hose lines are in place truck crews can proceed to cut in order to limit fire spread and improve conditions inside.
Initial priorities on the incident were to search for any potential victims as well as suppress and limit the fire spread in the attic.
Upon entry, a primary and secondary search was conducted which was found to be all clear. Once firefighters entered the home ceiling was pulled to find the fire location and initiate fire attack.
Salvage operations were initiated to save as much of the homes content as possible. Firefighters had the fire under control in approximately 45 minutes. Prior to the arrival of County Firefighters, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were able to assist in removal of the family pets.
One truck company, four engines, one chief officer, and one investigator for a total of 17 personnel responded to the incident. No damage estimates were available at the time of release; the cause remains under investigation.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department encourages residents to have an escape plan in place in the event of a house fire. Review the plan regularly with all occupants of the home. Being prepared saves lives! More information can be found at www.sbcfire.org
(source: San Bernardino County Fire news release)