Shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Rancho Cucamonga firefighters responded to a reported house fire in the 8900 block of Reales Street in Rancho Cucamonga.
Upon arrival, firefighters found a large, two-story home with the first floor heavily involved with fire and Rancho Cucamonga Police assisting two patients on the front driveway. The first crews on scene had difficulty making entry to the home due to the intense heat and flames as well as having to force entry through a large metal front door. Once inside, firefighters aggressively fought the fire and had it knocked down quickly, while crews simultaneously attempted to locate and rescue a dog that was trapped inside.
An adult woman and her 5-year-old son were asleep at the time of the incident. Although they were awoken by smoke alarms, their escape path down the stairs was blocked by heavy smoke and fire, forcing them out a second-story balcony. A teenage passerby assisted the young boy down from the balcony, but the mother jumped from the balcony and sustained a leg injury as a result. Rancho Cucamonga Police had arrived on scene before firefighters and also aided in the rescue of the mother and child. Both the mother and the teenager that assisted in the rescue were transported to a local hospital.
The 8-year-old custom home was completed destroyed by fire, with damages estimated over $500,000. In addition to the two injuries, a service dog perished in the fire. The homeowner is a local firefighter and the dog was a FEMA-certified search dog. Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters respectfully removed the dog from the home, honored by the tradition of wrapping the body in an American flag, and transporting him to a local facility for proper burial.
Approximately 26 firefighters responded to the blaze on six engines, two truck companies and assisted by two AMR ambulances. The cause of the fire is under investigation.