Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lakeside Firefighters Respond To A Mobile Home Fire


At 5:17 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012, the Heartland Communications Center received an urgent 911 call reporting a mobile home on fire at Gray Buckner's Mobile Home Lodge located at 12030 Woodside Ave. A first alarm structure response was dispatched within one minute.
Flames spread quickly throughout the rear of the mobile home.

The first fire unit was on scene less than four minutes later. Lakeside Engine 1 (Riverview fire station) arrived to report a working fire with flames and heavy smoke coming from the rear of a single wide mobile home. As additional units arrived minutes later, an aggressive attack was made on the fire. Lakeside Battalion 4106 (Kirkpatrick) took over Incident Command(IC) from Engine 1.
Interior fire attack was initiated through the front door.

 Knock down of the flames was reported by the interior fire crews at 5:39 p.m. The blaze was confined to one mobile home with no damaged to neighboring homes. Fire units assisting in the firefight included Engine 1, Engine 2, Medic 2, Engine 3, Division 4106, Support 4140 and 4141 (Lakeside); Engine 4, Truck 4, and Rescue 5 (Santee).
Overhaul plans being discussed by the IC.

Incident support was provided by the Lakeside Logistics Volunteer Group(LVG). A total of 25 fire personnel were utilized on the incident. The Red Cross provided assistance for two adults who were displaced by the fire which was determined to be caused by faulty wiring.

Photos by: Steve Russo and Robert Williams, Lakeside Fire District
Post by: Chuck Palmore, Lakeside Fire District

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fully-Involved Mobile Home Challenges Lakeside Firefighters

Glenview -

On Friday, November 16, 2012, at 1235 hours, Lakeside Firefighters were alerted to a reported fire in a residence in the 13200 block of Aurora Drive in the Glenview area of the fire district. Lakeside Division Chief 4105 (Tockstein) reported heavy black smoke visible while leaving fire station 3 some 2 miles east of the incident.

Upon arrival, Division 4105 assumed Incident Command (Aurora IC) reporting a double-wide mobile home residence full-involved with fire and numerous nearby structures (exposures) severely threatened. Lakeside Engine 3 (Lake Jennings fire station) was on scene in just over six minutes and was directed to secure a water supply and stretch handlines to prevent fire spread to the most threatened exposure. Subsequent arriving firefighters utilized additional handlines and an apparatus-mounted master stream (high gpm flow) to protect other threatened structures and to begin extinguishment on the involved residence.

The quick and aggressive actions of firefighters limited further spread of this well-established fire. Due to the advanced involvement of this fire on arrival, initial firefighting efforts were directed to limiting damage to adjacent properties. Although occupied at the time of the fire, all occupants were confirmed out of the building on fire department arrival.

Lakeside Fire was assisted on this fire by E8 (El Cajon); E19 (San Miguel); and T4 (Santee). Other Lakeside units attending this incident included E1, E2, E26, M3. Also utilized on this incident was Support 4140 staffed by Lakeside's Logistics Volunteer Group (LVG). Support 4140 provided shade, seating, and cold drinks to augment the firefighter rehabilitation function.

Heavy smoke visible from the cab of E2. Note complex map on CAD screen.

The "B"(left) side exposure suffered heavy exterior fire damage.
A firefighter uses a handline to overhaul burning debris.
Lakeside Logistics Volunteers assist on the fire scene.
Post and Photos by: Division Chief Chuck Tockstein, Lakeside Fire District

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Lakeside Firefighters Battle Residential Fire

Lakeside, CA - 

A report of smoke and flames from the rear of a residence brought a first-alarm structure assignment to the 9500 block of Single Oak Drive in Lakeside early on Saturday evening, November 3, 2012. Engine 1 (Riverview fire station) was on scene in less than 6 minutes reporting a working fire in a single-family residence. Firefighters had to force entry on the front door of the vacant house to access a well-advanced fire that had taken hold of several rooms at the rear of the dwelling. The interior fire attack was coordinated with roof ventilation and firefighters quickly got a handle on the fire. A primary search of the residence confirmed that the building was vacant. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Lakeside firefighters were assisted on this fire by our automatic aid partners from Santee and CalFire. Units attending this incident included: E1, E2, E3, M3, Div 4106, Support 4140 (Lakeside); E4, T4, R5 (Santee); E3382 (CalFire).

Firefighters make entry at the front door.
Firefighters prepare to assist after knockdown.

Photos by: Engineer Robert Williams, Lakeside Fire District
Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Lakeside, CA - 

It's that time of the year again. When we set our clocks back one hour tonight to Pacific Standard Time, it is also time to change the batteries in our smoke detectors.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in residential fires in half.  Thousands are injured and killed each year from home fires. Overall, almost 66 percent of home fire deaths in this country occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Considering that residential fire deaths peak in winter months, it’s critical to check and change your smoke alarm batteries each and every fall.

The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code recommends a minimum of one smoke alarm on each level of a home, including the basement, one inside each bedroom and one outside each sleeping area. Homes should also have at least one working carbon monoxide alarm on each level of a home, including the basement and one outside each sleeping area.

Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast.Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

For more information on smoke alarms, click HERE.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District.