Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 7, 2015, Rancho Cucamonga firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 8900 block of Arrow Route at the Vineyard Village Apartments in Rancho Cucamonga.
Upon arrival, firefighters found a second-floor apartment fully engulfed in flames. It was quickly upgraded to a second-alarm and additional units were dispatched to the scene, including crews from Upland Fire and Ontario Fire. Massive flames kept firefighters from making immediate entry into the apartment, forcing them to attack the fire defensively from the exterior. The fire was knocked in about an hour, but crews remained on scene for most of the afternoon to ensure all hotspots were completely extinguished and salvage belongings from the damaged apartments.
The fire destroyed the unit of origin, extended into the attic and damaged a neighboring unit to the east. The two ground floor units below them sustained significant water damage from the firefight. American Red Cross will work with on-site property management to relocate the residents from the four apartment units. The Fire District provided each of the families with a $100 gift card from the California Fire Foundation’s SAVE (victim assistance) program, which will help with immediate need items such as clothing, food, prescriptions, etc.
More than three dozen firefighters responded to the afternoon blaze on seven fire engines, three truck companies and additional resources such as Battalion Chiefs and Investigator. Sheriff’s deputies with the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department did an excellent job of quickly evacuating all eight apartment units of the building affected as well as quickly closing Arrow Route to thru traffic, allowing firefighters to go to work.
The cause of the fire is being jointly investigated by Rancho Cucamonga Fire and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Arson/Bomb unit. No injuries were reported.