Fire Threatens Lucerne Valley Market
(Best Syndication News) San Bernardino County fire fighters were called to the Lucerne Valley Market Wednesday morning after residents heard explosions near the establishment.
Tracey Martinez, the Public Information Officer for the department, tells Best Syndication that when firefighters arrived they found a partially enclosed attached work area with large metal rafters filled with “content” fully engulfed in flames. The flames were spreading along the exterior wall and into the attic of the market.
Customers of the market and adjacent businesses were evacuated safely and firefighters were on the scene within five minutes of the call. Martinez said that there was an aggressive attack on the fire to contain it to the south side of the building.
It is estimated that the market and contents were valued at $2 million dollars, but since the fire was contained to the outside work area and attic, only $300,000 may have been lost. There was also smoke damage to the adjacent buildings.
The explosions were likely caused by overheated transformers. Southern California Edison workers were on the scent to restore power and the fire was completely extinguished within 1 ½ hour.
The fire department is still investigating the cause of the fire; however it is believed to have started in the outside work area. Martinez said that the outdoor work area and metal rafters, along with the contents, were a “complete loss.”
Six engines were called to the fire, along with two truck companies. There was also three engines on the scene from other agencies.
By: Dan Wilson