FONTANA – A Fontana Pallet Yard Fire broke out on Thursday morning leading the San Bernardino County Fire Department to initiate a 2nd-alarm response. At around 9:10 a.m. dispatchers received the call reporting the Commercial Structure fire at the Ramirez Pallets located at 8431 Sultana Avenue in the City of Fontana. Fire officials initiated the 2nd alarm response due to the high likelihood of the wood fueling the fire, potentially causing a higher rate of spread. The Fontana Water District was also called and requested to raise the pressure in the system to support the large volume of water required to fight the fire officials said.
When firefighters arrived they located a well-involved trailer. The fire had begun to spread to nearby stacks of pallets and to an adjacent structure. Firefighters moved in with a defensive attack to limit the spread. “Fortunately, the lack of wind and spacing between the pallets allowed firefighters to quickly gain the upper hand and bring the fire under control in just over half an hour,” said San Bernardino County Fire Public Information Officer Eric Sherwin.
San Bernardino County Fire Department sent four truck companies, seven engines, two medic squads, one inmate handcrew, three chief officers, and two fire investigators, totaling 58 personnel. Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District and Rialto Fire Department also responded to provide assistance.
On civilian sustained burns as a result of the fire and was transported to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Burn Center. There is no information available regarding the damage estimates and the fire remains under investigation at this time.
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