Saturday, March 27, 2010

Structure fire Saturday, March 27

Early Saturday morning, the Idyllwild Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire on Highway 243 between Country Club Drive and Tollgate.

The fire was controlled fairly quickly according to IFD interim Chief Mike Mullhall. And no injuries were incurred. However the structure was severely damaged. The cause is being investigated.

The residents were taken to Idyllwild Fire station where Red Cross volunteers met them and began offering help and alternative places to stay.

According to Mulhall, a smoke detector woke the male resident who got his partner and dogs out of the burning structure.

From the pictures below, one can see that the bedroom, where the fire started, and the roof were completely damaged.

"If this occurred later in the year with lower fuel moisture and different winds, it might have spread quickly," Mulhall warned. The pictures show the fence behind the house which is only a few feet from the rear of the structure and the trees which suffered fire burns too.

There was still smoke late Saturday morning.

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