Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jacuzzi Fire Extends into Dwelling in Lakeside

On Thursday, December 10th at 11:28 PM, the Heartland Communications Center received calls of a structure fire at 13347 Lakeshore Drive in the community of Lakeside. Five companies from the Lakeside and Santee Fire Agencies responded to the incident. In addition an ALS ambulance and Battalion Chief responded to the call.

On the arrival of Engine 1 they discovered a large outbuilding fully engulfed that had extended to the exterior of the main house and into a detached garage. Hose lines were pulled to keep the fire from extending into the interior of the home but there were concerns that the fire may have already established itself in the attic of the home. Command was assumed by Battalion Chief Ron Laff and a request for a truck company was made. Crews accessed the attic and were able to determine that no fire had entered the home. Operations were established to minimize smoke damage to the home.

Controlling the fire was extremely difficult as the occupants had been storing common combustibles next to the jacuzzi. So intense was the fire at one point, that it fractured all the windows on one side of the home potentially allowing the fire to spread to the interior. A combination of early fire detection by the property owner, and aggressive fire attack, prevented this from occurring.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Lakeside Fire Protection District. There were no civilian or fire service injuries. A dollar loss has not been determined.

Story by Mark Grow
Lakeside Fire Protection District.

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