Shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Rancho Cucamonga firefighters responded to a reported debris fire in the 10800 block of Lemon Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga.
Firefighters from the Banyan Fire Station arrived on scene at the Sierra Heights Apartment Homes less than five minutes after receiving the call. They observed a plume of smoke pouring from the patio of a ground floor apartment where the fire was actively burning. The fire caused a bedroom window and sliding glass door to break, resulting in the indoor fire sprinklers activating. The fire sprinklers kept the fire from extending into the apartment and saved the family’s belongings.
An adult female and young child were home at the time of the incident. A passerby saw the smoke and alerted the residents to the fire, then attempted to use fire extinguishers to put the fire out. The occupants safely evacuated the apartment and no one was injured.
More than a dozen firefighters responded to the fire, which was extinguished in approximately 16 minutes. Damages are estimated at $5,000 for the structure and $15,000 for contents. The fire is being jointly investigated by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson/Bomb personnel.