APPLE VALLEY – At around 2:20 p.m. on Sunday, July 17th, firefighters from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District (AFPD) and the San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a fire in the 14400 block of Riverside Drive near Seneca Road.
Firefighters arrived to find a single-story home with a fully involved garage with explosions from oxygen tanks and ammunition, AFPD officials said. Due to the significant exposure to river bottom vegetation, a second alarm was immediately requested.
Firefighters battled the quickly spreading fire as it spread to the attic and the living space of the home. Just before 2:30 p.m. firefighters were forced to retreat from the interior of the home when a there was a partial roof collapse. Firefighters set up a line surrounding the home to prevent spread to the vegetation.
A life hazard alert was called when a firefighter noticed an arcing electrical box in the garage of the home. At around 3:30 p.m. the fire was knocked down. Firefighters remained on scene for an extensive mop up.
There were no injuries reported, but seven were displaced as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, information will be updated as it is received.
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- Fire rips through home in the 14400 block of Riverside Drive: Photo Courtesy of Apple Valley Fire Protection District