RIVERSIDE – A fire at a 16-story senior citizen high-rise apartment complex caused over $1 million in damages and left two with minor injuries on Thursday. At around 12:30 a.m. City of Riverside Fire and Police responded to the Mt. Rubidoux Manor located at 3993 Tenth Street. A second alarm response was initiated after the call to dispatch and upon confirmation, a third and fourth alarm was requested.
When the first responding firefighters arrived they say fire showing from an apartment unit on the 10th floor. Residents on the 10th floor and above were on balconies flashing lights and awaiting rescue. The Riverside Police officers assisted with evacuating residents who were still inside the structure while firefighters aggressively attacked the 10th-floor fire. Two victims in two apartments were found were rescued. Both were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the single apartment, by 1:05 a.m. Three apartments on the 9th floor sustained water damage, and 185 apartments with over 200 residents were evacuated. Those displaced have been re-housed by the Mt. Rubidoux Manor management. Fire crews remained on scene to look for any hot spots. Evacuations were lifted for floors 1-9 and 11 thru 16.
Although the damage is estimated at $1 million, firefighters were able to save $16 million. No firefighters were injured as a result of the fire. A total of 73 firefighters and overhead personnel responded to the fire along with Riverside County/CAL-fire, AMR, and the Riverside Police Department.
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