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Incident Name: Langston Incident

Date Reported: 10/17/2020

Time Reported: 1601 Hours

Incident Location: 4400 Block of Langston, Riverside, CA 92507

Ward #: Ward 2 Melendrez

Type of Incident: Residential Structure Fire

Incident Number: RIV #20-030366

Control Time: 1700 Hours





Non Injury:

Displaced Persons: 7

Loss: $150,000

Save: $200,000


  • Failure of equipment or heat source
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    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 2

    Engine Companies: 3

    Truck Companies: 1

    Squad(s): 1


    Firefighter(s): 17

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    Red Cross: Yes

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    Current Situation

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    On Saturday October 17, 2020 at 4:01 p.m., The City of Riverside Fire Department responded a first alarm structure fire assignment to the 4400 Block of Langston Place for reports of light smoke coming from a single-story single-family residence.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find a working attic fire in the residential home.  Dispatch had all occupants evacuate the structure prior to our arrival.   Firefighters extinguished the attic fire and held the fire to within the attic space.  A primary and secondary search confirmed all occupants were out of the structure. 

    The attic space contained a second roof and blown-in attic insulation which contributed to the fire spreading through the attic space.  Several rooms had to have the ceiling pulled down to remove the blown-in insulation.  The probable cause of the fire is electrical within the attic space.  There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.

    There was a total of 7 residents displaced, two adults and seven children.  Red Cross is in the process of assisting the displaced residents.  An Emergency Aid California Fire Foundation Card was issued to the resident.  The residence was turned over to the homeowner and advised that the residence is not habitable.    A total of 17 firefighters and two chief officers responded to the incident. 

    Assisting Aid Agencies

    Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Prepared By: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 10/17/2020 1835 Hours

    Information Center: 951.237.6310