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Incident Name: 14th Street Incident

Date Reported: 11/25/2020

Time Reported: 0705 Hours

Incident Location: 3535 14th Street, Riverside, CA 92501

Ward #: Ward 1 Edwards

Type of Incident: Commercial Structure Fire

Incident Number: RIV #20-034410

Control Time: 11/25/2020 at 0930 Hours





Non Injury:

Displaced Persons:

Loss: $40,000

Save: $1,000,000


  • Failure of equipment or heat source
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    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 2

    Engine Companies: 5

    Truck Companies: 2

    Squad(s): 1

    Ambulance(s): 1

    Firefighter(s): 25

    Safety Officer(s):

    Public Information Officer(s):

    Fire Investigator(s): 1

    Overhead Personnel: 1

    Mutial Aid:

  • No Mutual Aid Received
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    Current Situation

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    On Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:05 a.m., The City of Riverside Fire Department responded a first alarm structure fire assignment to 3525 14th Street at the Riverside County Transportation Department for a report of an occupant trapped in a elevator with the elevator room on fire.  Firefighters arrived on scene of a two-story commercial structure with heavy smoke come from the building.   A lone occupant was trapped in the elevator with the elevator room on fire and the building filling with smoke.

    A second alarm was requested.   Firefighters made an aggressive fire attack and were forced to cut open the elevator door rescuing the trapped occupant.  The occupant was evaluated by fire department and AMR paramedics on scene.  The occupant refused any further medical care and was released on scene.

    The fire was held in check in the elevator room with no extension into the structure.  The building was ventilated.  A primary and secondary search was conducted which found no other occupants in the structure.  An arson investigator conducted an investigation and the fire cause was undetermined after investigation with a possible cause of failure of mechanical or electrical equipment.  The contents of the hydraulic fluid from the elevator reservoir was leaked onto the ground of approximately 45 gallons.  CAL-OES was notified of the spillage. 

    The building’s electrical system was damaged in the fire and the building was not deemed safe for work.  The building was turned over to building officials.

    A total of 25 firefighters and two chief officers responded to the incident.  RPD assisted with closing down 14th street with both directions during fire attack.  The estimated loss is at $40,000 with a save of $1,000,000.   There were no firefighter or civilian injuries. 

    Assisting Aid Agencies

  • AMR
  • RPD

  • Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Prepared By: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 11/25/2020 0650

    Information Center: 951.826.5321