VICTORVILLE – A family is devastated after waking up to a fire in the garage of their home on the 13700 block of Finch Way. At 6:10 p.m. dispatchers received a call of a residential structure fire with the three occupants of the home self-evacuated.
The fire was reported to be in the garage of the home where neighbors said the family raised dogs. “They are small Yorkies in the kennels,” said neighbor, Arron Holtz. “They take care of them very well.”
The family, an older couple and their adult granddaughter ran outside when they discovered their home was on fire. “ The husband was only in his boxers, the neighbors helped him out with some clothes and I gave the guy my shoes,” said Holtz. Upon arrival, firefighters located the home with heavy black smoke coming from the garage of the home. Firefighters cut the garage door to gain access to fight the fire in the fully involved garage.
Rescue personnel attempted to rescue the dogs, who were housed in the garage but according to Holtz, were not able to save them all. By 6:31 a.m. the fire was knocked down with no extensions into the home, county fire officials said. It is unknown how many dogs died in the fire at this time. No human injuries were reported as a result of this fire.
Fire response included 18 San Bernardino County Fire personnel, which included 3 paramedic engines, a paramedic truck, a paramedic squad and a battalion chief. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, information will be updated when it becomes available.
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