SAN BERNARDINO – Two lost their lives as a result of a San Bernardino house fire early Monday morning.
San Bernardino County firefighters responded to the report of a fire in the 3600 block of N. Arrowhead Avenue at around 2:15 a.m. When they arrived they found fire billowing from the roof and windows of the single-story, 3000 square foot home. Neighbors told firefighters that the residents of the home were still inside, leading them to search the interior of the home.
As the firefighters searched, they found a deceased man near the front door of the home. Braving through the heavy smoke and spreading fire, the firefighters continued their search. During the search, they located another man in a bedroom in the rear of the home. The man was unconscious but the firefighters quickly removed him from the home just before the roof collapsed. The victim was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.
Despite downed power lines and the collapsing roof, firefighters contained the fire in just under an hour and kept it from spreading to an adjacent home. A total of 38 personnel responded to the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and it is unknown if the fire alarms were working. The home was a total loss.
San Bernardino County Fire reminds residents to provide two means of escape from every room and make sure everyone knows where to meet after leaving the home. Develop and practice a fire escape plan for your household. Remember, never return to a burning building for any reason. Your belongings can be replaced – you can’t! Learn more at www.sbcfire.org.
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