NEEDLES, Calif. – One person was airlifted for serious burn injuries and a second person died as a result of a fire in Needles.
On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at around 9:45 p.m., San Bernardino County Fire responded to multiple reports of a fire near J Street and West Broadway in the City of Needles. Reporting parties told dispatchers that they could hear yelling inside of the structure. When firefighters arrived they located a single-story home fully involved in fire. Winds of over 20 miles per hour hampered firefighting efforts, spreading the flames throughout the structure.
Firefighters attempted to get into the home, but the extreme fire conditions prevented them from doing so. One of the occupants was able to get out of the burning structure before the fire crew arrived. Baker EMS arrived to provide patient care at the scene. Firefighters had to protect surrounding structures, leading them to a defensive attack. Explosions were heard as the fire burned.
Firefighters with the help of engine companies and chief officers from the Mohave Valley, Fort Mohave and Golden Shores Fire Departments were able to gain control of the fire within around 30 minutes. There was no spread to other structures.
One of the occupants who remained in the structure throughout the fire suffered fatal injuries. The adult female who was able to get out of the home, was airlifted to University Medical Center – Las Vegas for treatment. There were no other injuries reported on scene.
There are no damages estimated yet, but the structure was determined to be a complete loss. The explosions were determined to be from numerous gas cylinders located inside of the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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