Monday, May 24, 2010

Multiple Fire Agencies Battle Lakeside Structure Fire

Glenview: A stubborn, two-alarm fire required the attendance of numerous east county fire agencies in Lakeside on Monday, May 24th, 2010 at 1:38 PM, in the 12800 blk of Jackson Hill Dr. Heartland Communications received multiple 911 calls and units enroute reported heavy smoke showing from a distance. E19 (San Miguel) was first-in reporting a well-established attic fire that had already burned through a portion of the roof.  Battalion 1 (Tockstein) assumed Incident Command and coordinated the actions of  the fire companies who deployed multiple hoselines to attack and extinguish the fire. In addition to aggressively attacking the fire, firefighters directed their efforts to salvaging as much of the homeowner's belongings as possible. Units assisting at this incident included E6, E8, E9, B3 (El Cajon); E4, R5, B2 (Santee); E1, E2, E3, E26s, M1, 4101, 4104, P412, P413 (Lakeside); 3382 (CalFire); Red Cross, SDG&E. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This incident is another excellent example of the great inter-agency cooperation that we enjoy in east county.

Heavy smoke and fire showing on fire department arrival.
The crew from Engine 1 taking some of the heat out of the fire so crews could access the roof.

Firefighter from Engine 1 applies a combination of water an foam to the shake roof.
A firefighter applies water to the attic area from an exterior ladder.
Crews "peel back" the roof after the main fire is knocked down. Because of the high probability of hidden fires on shake shingle roofs, much of the burned area must be removed.

Story submitted by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire
Photo by: Battalion Chief Ron Laff, Lakeside Fire

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