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Incident Name: University Incident

Date Reported: 10/16/2020

Time Reported: 1353 Hours

Incident Location: 1400 University Avenue

Ward #: Ward 2, Councilmember Melendrez

Type of Incident: Structure fire

Incident Number: 20-030218

Control Time: 10/16/2020 at 1736 Hours





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  • Cause undetermined after investigation
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    Chief Officer(s): 1

    Engine Companies: 5

    Truck Companies: 2

    Squad(s): 1

    Ambulance(s): 1

    Firefighter(s): 31

    Safety Officer(s): 1

    Public Information Officer(s): 1

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    Overhead Personnel: 2

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  • Breathing Support
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    Current Situation

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    The City of Riverside Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the vacant Farmhouse Motel located at 1400 University Avenue in Riversides Eastside. Truck 1 was first to arrive on scene and reported an exterior fire in a large debris pile adjacent to the motel. Truck 1 also reported several transients evacuating the vacant structure. The fire extended into the attic of the motel and burned 3 rooms before being knocked down. Several layers of roofing material along with high temperatures made fully extinguishing the blaze a challenge. Two additional engine companies and a breathing support along with two training captains responded to assist. A Backhoe was also brought in to open the large debris pile so that it could be fully extinguished. The city owned motel is in the process of being demolished. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire could not be determined.

    Assisting Aid Agencies

  • AMR

  • Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Jeff DeLaurie

    Prepared By: BC Jeff DeLaurie

    Date / Time Posted: 10/16/2020 at 2230 Hours

    Information Center: 951.826.5321