Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lakeside Fire Fighters Battle 2nd-Alarm Blaze

Lakeside, CA- Numerous 911 calls to Heartland Fire Communications brought a response for a fire in a 3-story apartment complex on Saturday, December 4, 2010, at 5:18 p.m. Lakeside Battalion 1 (Tockstein) reported smoke and flames showing from a distance. Initial arriving units to the 12800 block of Mapleview Street (Lakeside E2 and E3) were faced with a well-advanced fire in an upstairs unit rapidly extending to a neighboring apartment. Numerous hoselines were deployed to knock-down the fire. Because of the amount of fire showing and the potential for fire spread, B1 requested a 2nd-alarm just prior to arriving on scene. Roof operations were initiated by Santee Truck 4, limiting the potential for horizontal fire spread through the common attic of the structure. Salvage operations were also conducted to mitigate the water damage in the unit below the fire apartment.

Fire gutted the upstairs apartment

This incident was an excellent example of the importance of a timely response by an adequate number of firefighters to stop a fast-moving, dangerous, and destructive fire. Assisting agencies on this incident included Santee Fire (E4, T4, M4, E5s, R5, B2), El Cajon Fire ( E9, B3), and San Miguel Fire (E19). San Diego County Sheriff's deputies and American Red Cross also assisted.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by Lakeside Fire District fire investigators.

Story by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photo by: Engineer Chris Downing, Lakeside Fire District

Link to SignOn San Diego's story about two girls helping their neighbors....

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