ADELANTO – A family was left homeless after a fire tore through their Adelanto home early Monday morning. At around 3:00 a.m. the San Bernardino County Fire Department was dispatched to a home located at 9882 Forest Court for the report of a garage fire. Four adults and one child, plus a child who was visiting the home overnight, were inside the home at the time of the fire. Ricky Ross Sr., 54, Donald Ross, 29, Ricky Ross Jr, 28, Ricky Jr.’s fiance Linda, 25, and Ricky Jr. and Linda’s 6-month-old baby girl, Jade all live in the home and were at the home when the home burst into flames. Ricky Sr.’s granddaughter, Tatiana, 3, was also sleeping over at the time of the fire.
“My little brother Ricky Jr was the only one up playing his Nintendo Switch and playing music loud when he smelled smoke,” said Whitney Ross, who lives nearby. “He turned his tv down and heard the crackling noise, then he heard the smoke alarm going off. He ran to the front window and saw flames coming from the garage. He ran in our other brother, Donald’s room to tell him the house was on fire and to get everyone out. They ran to the garage open door and flames came rushing in. They yelled at everyone and grabbed everyone and ran out the front door.”
San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin said that when firefighters arrived, the home was fully involved. The fire was spreading to the to the home on the west, which was evacuated and firefighters began fighting the fire which had already spread to three vehicles in front of the home. Neighbors in the area reported a sound similar to gunshots as the fire grew. The explosive sounds were later believed to be a result of hydraulics that were stored inside of the garage. The fire took approximately 35 minutes to knock down. The Red Cross was requested to the scene to assist the family. In shock about the fire and losing his home, Ricky Sr. who is a stroke survivor, was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.
The family is grateful to be alive but is now left with nothing besides for the clothing on their back. Everything that was inside of home including food, clothing, furniture, and their vehicles were destroyed by the fire. The family is in need baby girl clothing in size 9-12 months, socks, blankets, size 2-3 diapers, wipes, bottles, and Enfamil Gentlease baby formula. The men in the home are in need men’s size 32 and 36 pants, L/XL shirts and shoes and socks in size 10.5 and 11.5. Linda is in need women’s size 18 pants and XL shirts, and size 10 shoes. The whole family needs toothbrushes, toothpaste, and body washes. Anyone wanting to assist the family with any of their needs can comment on the post or article, and Whitney Ross will be made aware of the offer.
Whitney Ross has also started a Go Fund Me account to assist her family in getting back on their feet. She said that right now they are staying with her, but soon will be looking for another temporary place to stay.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the estimated damage is still unknown.
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