Busy Weekend for High Desert Fire Department

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(Best Syndication News) Fire departments in the high desert were busy this weekend. On Saturday, there were two fires - one in Pinon Hills and another in Phelan. Tracy Martinez, with the San Bernardino County Fire Department says their Swift Water Rescue Team conducted a rescue in Hesperia on Thursday.

Phelan and Pinon Hills Fire

The fire in Pinon Hills burned throughout the morning while the home-fire in Phelan broke out in the afternoon. Both fires were extinguished before nightfall.

Firefighters were cleaning up a fire in Pinon Hills Saturday, when another fire in a residential area near downtown Phelan broke out. Fire fighters rushed to extinguish the fire in Phelan.

Swift Water Rescue

Just after noon on Friday firefighters were called to the California Aqueduct near Main Street and Maple in Hesperia. Two people fell into the swift water of the aqueduct that supplies water to residents in the Inland Empire.

Five members of the swift-water rescue team were called to the scene and quickly assessed the situation. Martinez says there were two subjects floating in the water.

“Rescuers saw a child floating in the water and immediately began rescue efforts,” Martinez said.

They were able to pull the child from the water and began medical treatment.

Later authorities were informed that the adult was located. A second rescue team was able to pull the second subject from the water to begin life-saving measures.

The man was later identified as the boy’s uncle. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said that the two were walking their dog when the boy fell in. The uncle apparently jumped in attempting to rescue the boy, according to one report.

The uncle and nephew were taken to a hospital where they were later pronounced dead. Authorities have not identified either individual.

By: Dan Wilson

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