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Van Buren Incident

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Incident Name: Van Buren Incident

Date Reported: 11/07/2020

Time Reported: 1253 Hours

Incident Location: 3200 Block of Van Buren

Ward #: Ward 5 Plasencia

Type of Incident: Electrical Power Line

Incident Number: RIV #20-032569

Control Time:





Non Injury:

Displaced Persons:

Loss: $20,000



  • Failure of equipment or heat source
  • Evacuations: 15

    Evacuation Comments: Business Closed with Patrons

    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 1

    Engine Companies: 2

    Truck Companies:



    Firefighter(s): 72

    Safety Officer(s):

    Public Information Officer(s):

    Fire Investigator(s):

    Overhead Personnel: 1

    Mutial Aid:

    Specialized Equipment:

    EOC: Notified

    Utilities: RPU

    Red Cross:

    Percent (%) Contained or Completed:

    Total (%) of Perimeter that will be Contained:

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    Current Situation

    (Recent updates are posted at the top of the Current Situation)

    The City of Riverside Fire Department is currently on scene in the 3200 Block of Van Buren Blvd. for a broken High Voltage RPU power pole.  Reporting parties reported the power pole was struck by lighting during a passing thunderstorm cell.  Power is out to several businesses.  Ramona Tire & Service Center along with California Autoworx has been temporarily closed.  RPU is estimating several hours for a repair.  Van Buren will be temporarily closed in both directions from Indiana Ave to the Van Buren Drive-In.  A total of 7 firefighters and one chief officer are on scene.  EOC has been notified. 

    Assisting Aid Agencies

  • Riverside Public Utilities
  • RPD

  • Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Prepared By: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 11/07/2020 1325

    Information Center: 951.237.6310