Daniel R. Munsey, Fire Chief/Fire Warden

Date/Time: 11/15/2022, 11:54PM
Location: 15800 Block of Boyle Ave, City of Fontana, CA – City Government
Incident: Three Alarm Commercial Fire

Summary:

Last night San Bernardino County Fire crews were dispatched to a reported fire in the 15800 block of Boyle Avenue, Fontana. Firefighters arrived to find a large outdoor fire threatening multiple homes, vehicles and properties.

Arriving personnel found the fire spreading south quickly due to extremely high winds, sending a large ember cast downwind. A second alarm was quickly struck to bring additional crews and apparatus to the scene. Sustained winds over 30 mph pushed the fire south impacting multiple vehicles, outdoor commercial storage and structures.

Firefighters utilized master streams from ladder trucks and hose lines to limit the fires spread. Impacted power lines, explosions and high heat complicated the firefight. Multiple engines patrolled neighborhoods south of the incident, finding numerous fires from the large ember cast. Due to the large fire and multiple exposures the fire ultimately grew to a third alarm.

It took firefighters more than two hours to knock down the wind driven fire. The fire damaged two structures, seven vehicles, and impacted multiple properties over a broad area near Boyle and Catawba Avenues. Despite the damage, firefighters were successful in saving dozens of homes and commercial properties in the immediate area. The fire remains under investigation by Fire Investigators. No injuries to either firefighters or civilians were reported. Red Cross was requested to assist with temporary housing assistance for those displaced by the fire.

San Bernardino County Fire responded with eleven Engines, three Truck Companies, three Squads, an Air/Light unit, Hand Crew, heavy equipment team, three Chief Officers, two Fire Investigators & logistical support personnel. #SBCoFD responded with 70 fire personnel.

Rancho Cucamonga and Rialto Fire also assisted in the incident.