Firefighters in Lakeside were alerted by Heartland Fire Communication dispatchers early on the morning of August 15, 2014, for a reported house fire in the 9500 block of Prospect Avenue in Lakeside. The communication center received multiple calls just before 1:00 a.m. indicating a probable working structure fire. Engine 1 (Riverview fire station) was on scene in under six minutes reporting a two-story residence with heavy fire conditions showing from the front of the home on the second floor. With the quick arrival of Engine 2 (River Park fire station) and Division Chief 4104 (Hisaw), firefighters rapidly stretched hoselines to get water on the fire.
With all residents confirmed out of the house, firefighters initiated an aggressive interior attack up the inside stairwell. The well-advanced fire was encountered and extinguished in every second-story room. With all visible fire extinguished, firefighters started the difficult task of opening-up the ceilings to locate and extinguish hidden fire that had made its way into the attic space. The stubborn fire was completely extinguished in around 40 minutes.
Lakeside Fire would like to acknowledge the S.D. County Sheriff deputies who arrived first and assisted with the safe evacuation of all the residents. As always, we would like to thank our automatic-aid partners who assisted us in battling this difficult fire.
Assisting fire agencies included: Santee (T4, R5), Heartland Fire & Rescue (E8), and San Miguel (E19). Lakeside units attending this incident were E1, E2, E203, E26, M2, M3, Div. 4104, Chief 4101, and Support 4140.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
|Heavy smoke visible from second floor. (courtesy of News 8)|
Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District