Friday, December 23, 2011

Lakeside Structure Fire Sends Three to UCSD Burn Center


On Friday, December 23, 2011, at 4:36 a.m., the Heartland Communications Center received an urgent phone call from the occupants of a structure fire stating that their travel trailer was on fire and they were unable to exit the dwelling. Dispatchers stayed on the line prompting the occupants to "get out." In response to the call, five engine companies, one truck company, one ALS medic unit, and two division chiefs were sent to the fire in the 13400 block of Highway 8 Business.

On the arrival of Engine 3 and Medic 3, firefighters discovered SDSO deputies moving the occupants away from the fire building in fear that stored oxygen cylinders may explode. Two victims were suffering from severe smoke inhalation and were in need of immediate medical intervention. A third victim showed mild signs of smoke inhalation.

Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm and Firefighter Reserve Patrick Sellers care for one of the smoke inhalation patients.
A request for an additional medic unit was made which brought a response from Lakeside Medic 1. After receiving initial advanced life support at the scene all three victims were transported to UCSD for further evaluation.

On investigation it was discovered that the occupants had lit a candle in response to the power failure. At some point the fire spread causing moderate damage to a back bathroom.

A total of 12 Lakeside Fire personnel responded to the incident. Lakeside was assisted by units from El Cajon, Santee, San Miguel, CalFire, and Barona Fire. Units sent to the incident:

Engine 3
Medic 3

Engine 1
Medic 1



Truck 4


Monte Vista

Battalion 8

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

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