Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lakeside Units Assist Barona Fire with a Fully Involved Structure


On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 2:10 a.m., the Heartland Communications Center received calls reference a fully engulfed residential structure on fire in the 1100 blk of Ak Uunyaa Wy on the Barona Reservation. Initially dispatched was five structural engines, one rescue company, one water tender, an ALS medic unit, and a battalion chief.

Engine 27 and Engine 1 operating at the fire scene.
Fire extends throughout the home under construction.
 On the arrival of Engine 27 (Barona), firefighters discovered a 4000+ square foot, residential structure (under construction) fully involved in fire. A request was made for brush engines as embers from the fire had the potential to ignite the nearby vegetation. CalFire dispatched two brush engines to assist.

The crew from Lakeside Engine 1 arrive on-scene.
On the arrival of Engine 1 (Riverview Station), they were tasked with assisting with knock down on the fire, and obtaining a water source. The problem was that the nearest hydrant was about a quarter of a mile from the fire. With the arrival of Engine 3 (Lake Jennings Station) and Engine 4 (Santee-Cottonwood), crews laid out an extensive hose lay to the hydrant. With a secure water source, Engine 27 was now able to use master streams (a hose stream in excess of 500 gallons per minute) to take the heat out of the fire.

Firefighter-Paramedic Jon Jordan, and Reserve Firefighter Corey Palmore use a heavy stream to knock down the fire.
Crews then extended handlines to continue with the extinguishing of the fire. Crews were pulled back due to the complete loss of structural integrity.

Currently the San Diego Sheriff Bomb-Arson team is investigating the fire.

Lakeside units dispatched to fire: Engine 1, Engine 2 (diverted to medical aid call), Engine 3, Battalion 1. 

A total of 10 Lakeside Fire personnel initially responded to the fire.

Photos and Story By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

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