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

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